KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An excessive heat warning has been put in place for the rest of the week as heat indexes are expected to rise into the hundreds.
The warning is in effect for 1 p.m. Wednesday to 8 p.m. Saturday. It was upgraded from a watch to a warning on Tuesday.
High temperatures will be in the upper 90s to 100 degrees for the next several days. It's only expected to cool to around 80 degrees in the nights. Heat index values could be between 105 and 110 degrees each day.
A heat warning means people who spend time outside, especially the elderly and children, will be more likely to experience heat illnesses.
The National Weather Service recommends to avoid spending time outside in the heat of the day, to know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, to dress in light and loose clothing and to stay hydrated. They also remind drivers to make sure children and pets are not left unattended in vehicles, as extreme heat could be fatal within minutes.
If you or someone you are with experiences symptoms of heat stroke, you should call 911.