KCHD reports Kansas City's first suspected heat-related death of 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Health Department reports the first suspected heat-related death of 2013 in the area.

The Health Department says the Jackson County Medical Examiner suspects the death of a woman born in 1947 to be heat-related.

Authorities do not release additional details about suspected heat-related deaths because of medical privacy laws.

The Medical Examiner has confirmed a total of 43 heat-related deaths from 2007 to 2012. Thirty-one of those have occurred in the last two years, with 21 in 2011 and 10 more last year.

Suspected heat-related deaths are normally confirmed by the medical examiner later in the year after further investigation into the cause of death.

Temperatures in Kansas City are expected to rise above 90 degrees Tuesday with high humidity. The 41 Action Weather team says 90s are also possible as the week wears on.

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