Heat advisory the next few days, with feels-like temps in the triple digits

Published: Jun. 12, 2022 at 6:35 AM CDT
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After our severe weather threat this past weekend, mother nature turned on the furnace. We still have an opportunity for a few brief scattered showers and weak thunderstorms this morning, which is why we’re dealing with such a humid early morning commute. Temperatures will start off in the upper 70s and lower 80s this morning and very quickly will rise to the mid and upper 90s by this afternoon. Feel like temperatures are expected to range between 102 and 107 degrees.

A heat advisory is in place for the entire viewing area not only for today, but for Tuesday and Wednesday, up to 8 p.m. at night. This is due to a ridge of warm, humid air building across the Central Plains and holding. We are seeing signs of a trough breaking down this ridge and allowing for a cold front to swoop in by mid-week. This will allow us to drop out of a heat advisory. However, daytime highs will still range within the upper 80s and lower 90s. There are small chances for showers and storms during this time, especially on Wednesday and Thursday. Severe weather models show a small opportunity for severe storms during this time. However, rain chances currently are only up to 30 percent both Wednesday and Thursday.

This warm, humid air mass came with stability to the mid-levels, which is suppressing larger rain chances at this time. Once the front passes a new ridge of warm humid air rebuilds and we continue to climb back up to low and mid 90s through the weekend and into the following work week. The potential for yet again more heat advisories to impact Kansas City is not out of the question. Please try to find ways to beat the heat, especially if your job entails you being outdoors for prolonged periods of time.

Drinking water is key to combating heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and heat cramps. Drink plenty of water and take breaks in the AC and shaded areas. Be sure that if you bring your pet or your child with you in your vehicle that you take them with you into whatever store you are going into. Never leave your children or pets in a car, especially in this kind of heat. If you walk your animals, the best time for walking would be in the early morning and mid evening, the timeframe between 7 and 9 p.m.