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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Kansas Citians might want to avoid going outside if they don't have to as hot weather moves into the area, bringing triple-digit heat indices.

Because of this, a heat advisory has been issued from 1 p.m. Thursday until 8 p.m. Friday.

"The year's first real meaningful extended heat wave for our area continues to establish itself and will likely need a full week before it can be dislodged and cooler temperatures can move back in," KCTV5 chief meteorologist Chris Suchan said.

The metro will see at least three to five days ahead where heat index values will routinely top out from 100 to 105 degrees.

Thursday highs will reach near 95 and some can't escape the heat even if they wanted to, which makes their jobs dangerous.

Because of the hot weather, trash service in more than 40 area cities came extra early Thursday to prevent crews from getting overheated.

Trash crews may do the same Friday, so homeowners will want to be sure and get that trash out early.

City workers have also been extra careful as they make their way through the heat advisory.

"The biggest thing today is dress appropriately, stay hydrated, drink plenty of fluids, take breaks when you can in the shade, just do everything you can to stay cool," said Steven Jones who works on the streetcar construction. "The problem we have is there's no air flow, so we watch body temperature, have to come out of there once in a while to get a little fresh air."

Aaron Munoz at One of a Kind Paint and Body is keeping a close eye on his employees too. He said it's 20 degrees hotter inside an auto body garage.

"Get here early, leave early to try to avoid the heat," he said. "We buy water by the cases and we check on each other and make sure everybody is doing OK, not feeling dizzy or anything like that."

The heat is also forcing high schools to change football game start times. For a list of all the games affected, head to KCTV5's high school sports page powered by PrepsKC.com.

The city is also asking people to check on their neighbors and friends twice a day.

Kansas City Power and Light Company is reporting about 3:15 p.m. that about 10,500 people in between West 83rd and West 63rd streets and State Line Road and Nall Avenue are without power. The area affected also included some people north of West 63rd Street in Mission Woods and west of Nall Avenue to Lamar Avenue.

The outage was resolved within a couple of hours.

For those who don't have air-conditioning, they can go to the city's cooling stations at area community centers. Click here for more information.

The heat isn't easy for pets either, especially if they spend any period of time outside.

"We get 15 to 30 calls a day, sometimes it's a concerned neighbor or someone we've been helping a long time, like this situation," said Kate Quigley with Chain of Hope Kansas City.

When Quigley pulls up to each call with treats, medicine and clean water, the dogs are happy to see her.

"I help keep them from falling through the cracks," she said. "It's horrible out here today, I don't know what the heat index is, but it's terrible."

One dog owner, Deborah Young, said she couldn't do it without the help of Quigley and Chain of Hope.

"I think it's great what they're doing because they help more than just my dogs, they help other dogs," Young said.

Suchan said a few showers or a thunderstorm will be possible Friday in northern Missouri to northeastern Kansas. Otherwise, mostly to partly sunny skies dominate the day with highs near 96.

The weekend looks hot both days with temperatures easily running in the mid to a few upper 90s. Heat index values easily reach over 100.

"Cooler relief should arrive around Wednesday of next week as a cold front attempts to drop into the area," Suchan said.

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