KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP Modified) - Health officials in Kansas and Missouri are urging residents to stay alert to the extreme heat and drought conditions as the region continues to bake under the summer sun.
Temperatures are forecast to hit 100 degrees or higher for the next several days with little or no precipitation likely.
An excessive heat warning goes into effect at 12 p.m. CT Wednesday for the entire Kansas City area. Large portions of Kansas and Missouri are under heat advisories.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says there could be air quality problems later in the week as the wind dissipates.
Tom Langer, KDHE's director of the bureau of environmental health, says the danger in extended periods of high heat is that residents let their guard down and become vulnerable to injuries.
The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services has posted on its website multiple resources for residents to help them beat the heat.
Officials are giving the usual advice -- drink plenty of water and keep out of the sun as much as possible.
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