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Beat the heat: How to stay safe as intense heat settles into the Kansas City area

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An excessive heat warning will cover the entire Kansas City metro area from Wednesday until Saturday. (KCTV5) An excessive heat warning will cover the entire Kansas City metro area from Wednesday until Saturday. (KCTV5)
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

There’s no doubt, Wednesday, and the rest of the week, is going to get uncomfortably hot, and for those who have to be outside, experts say there are a few things that people can do to stay safe.

Experts ask people to limit their outdoor activities, wear and actively reapply sunscreen, drink steady amounts of water and wear loose, lightweight clothing.

An excessive heat warning will cover the entire Kansas City metro area from Wednesday until Saturday as temperatures climb to near 100 degrees.

Children under the age of two and 65 and older are at the highest amount of risk.

Experts warn people to look out for the signs of heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke.

There are certain signs to look out for. Both heat exhaustion and heat stroke have similar symptoms, such as nausea, fatigue and dizziness.

They also have important differences that experts want people to be aware of.

For heat exhaustion, they say to watch out for muscle cramps, sweats, cold clammy skin and a slowed heartbeat.

For heat stroke, experts say to watch out for flushed dry skin, rapid heart rate and possible convulsions.

Experts say heat stroke can happen suddenly and without any signs of heat exhaustion.

Parents thinking about taking their kids to the park are also asked to think ahead. Experts say the plastic slides can heat up just as much as the metal ones, reaching temperatures near 150-degrees.

That temperature is high but burns can be seen at much lower temperatures. At 120-degrees, children are susceptible to burns.

Parks can also present dangers for children just walking around. The rubber surface laid down at many parks around the metro can heat up to temperatures hotter than the concrete in the area. Many experts say those rubber pads are the hottest part of many parks.

Parents looking for an alternative to the park are advised to try going to a pool, the library or anywhere indoors and air conditioned.

Patchy clouds and a few showers or thunderstorms in the northern half of the Kansas City area have helped keep temperatures somewhat under control but increasing amounts of sun into the early evening will boost temperatures into the lower to middle 90s. 

The rest of Wednesday evening gradually cools with a few passing clouds. Wednesday night's low will be in the middle 70s.

Extreme heat in the upper 90s to even 100 still on track to finish the week and into the weekend.

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