Kansas City has been under an excessive heat advisory all day, with the temperature hovering around 100 degrees this afternoon. The heat index surpassed 110 degrees.
Greg Mitchell has been outside all day, working on the Troost bridge. He says he has one word for the weather:
"Satan," says Mitchell, laughing. "It feels hot. I mean, just real bad, hard to breath."
Mitchell says drinking a lot of water, seeking shade, and taking frequent breaks is helping him manage in the extreme heat.
Health officials agree those measures are important for preventing illnesses. Earlier today, they reported two suspected heat-related deaths. They're encouraging people to check on neighbors, friends, and relatives. Last year, the region experienced a total of three heat-related deaths.
Symptoms of heat illnesses can include headache, fatigue, heavy breathing and nausea.
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