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Labor Day Promises Heat Relief In Kansas City Metro

Aug 30, 2013

Metro Kansas City is baking in what may turn out to be the hottest day of the calendar year, August 30.

That could be a hundred degrees or higher.

Spotty rain is expected before the holiday weekend is half way through.

Downtown is 6.25 inches below the norm for the year, Olathe by more than 3.5.

Data shows even more dehydration if one considers the period June through August with Olathe scoring a mere  7.4 inches. That amounts to a summertime deficit of 6.02 inches.

Relief is anticipated within a matter of days.

Heat Advisory Issued for Kansas City Area

Jul 9, 2013
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Temperatures could hit as high as 98 degrees Tuesday with the heat index reaching 108 degrees, but those temperatures aren’t expected to last long. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Kansas City area.  It begins at noon and lasts until 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Ryan Cutter in Pleasant Hill, Mo. says a cold front will break the heat this evening and could bring thunderstorms.

Missouri Dept. of Public Safety

You'll be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn't welcome a rain shower after weeks of heat and drought in the region.

Kansas City Fire Department

Local fire departments warn drought conditions are producing grass and brush fire hazards in the metropolitan area.

As the scorching hot weather continues this week, cities in the metro are urging  water consumers to space out their watering and not to soak the ground. 

Courtesy of Landes family

The living room of Cheryl Landes' small apartment has the cozy feel of your grandmother’s living room.

No surprise.  She’s often watching four grandkids, as well as her own 13-year-old son.

This afternoon, two of them are playing with their hand-held electronic games. They can play alone, or together. They laugh as their small computers make music.

Cheryl’s 90-year-old mother, Billie,  lives here too. She quietly sinks into a club chair. She has chronic lung disease, and dementia.

Both Cheryl and her grandson have asthma.

All-Star Ill-Weather Hovers Over Kansas City

Jul 5, 2012
Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Mayor Sly James went to the Kansas City Emergency Operations Center for a briefing on readiness for the All-Star Game and most immediate interest shifted to the heat wave.

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With excessive heat warnings in place, it's important to stay cool.  For those without air conditioning, a variety of locations are opening their doors and letting people cool off.

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The Kansas City area is under a heat advisory.  That means it can be dangerous to stay outdoors for long.  People who do spend time in the sweltering heat are at risk for heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

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Daily highs have hovered at or near the 100 degree mark for more than a week.   The sweaty days are expected will continue through the weekend.  The heat can be dangerous, but many people are finding ways to avoid the high temperatures.

Fire Threat Heightened By Heat Trend, Holiday

Jun 29, 2012
Dan Verbeck / KCUR

With high heat and low humidity, Kansas City metro area communities in two states are more fire conscious than ever in summertime. The imminent splurge of fireworks adds to the threats.

Don't Let The Heat Get You Down

Jun 29, 2012
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The forecast this weekend calls for at least 100-degree heat Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and the high temperatures are supposed to stick around for several weeks after that.