Heat Warning Continues

An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.

JUNE 25, 2009 -- With the heat index expected to peak between a scorching 105 to 110 degrees, the National Weather Service (NWS) has continued Excessive Heat Warnings through Saturday (June 27) for Jackson County and much of the Greater Kansas City Region. Although temperatures dropped in the wake of thunderstorms Wednesday evening, according to a NWS advisory issued this morning, "readings are expected to recover by Thursday afternoon back into the lower to middle 90s. Very high dewpoints will push heat indices near 105 degrees by mid-afternoon."

The advisory added, "Even warmer temperatures are expected Friday and Saturday ahead of a cold front which will provide relief by Sunday."

Cooling Centers

Health officials recommend staying in an air-conditioned building if possible. While going to public places such as shopping centers or libraries are options for those who don't have air conditioners in their homes, the United Way lists the following locations in Missouri that are operating as "cooling centers," where anyone may seek relief from the heat.

Hillcrest Community
10401 Hillcrest Road  |  Kansas City, Missouri 64134
(816) 784-7000
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Lee's Summit VFW Post 5789
329 SE Douglas  |  Lee's Summit, Missouri 64063
(816) 525-5789
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Line Creek Community Center
5940 N.W. Waukomis Drive  |  Kansas City, Missouri 64151
(816) 513-0760
Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Salvation Army Bellefontaine
3013 E. 9th Street  |  Kansas City, Missouri 64124
(816) 483-8484
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Salvation Army Grandview
6111 E. 129th Street  |  Grandview, Missouri 64030
(816) 966-8300
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Salvation Army Independence
14700 E. Truman Road  |  Independence, Missouri 64050
(816) 252-3200
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Salvation Army Northland
5306 N. Oak  |  Kansas City, Missouri 64117
(816) 452-5663
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Salvation Army Westport
500 W. 39th Street  |  Kansas City, Missouri 64111
(816) 753-6040
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

More Heat Health Recommendations

  • Drink more water. Don't wait until you are thirsty and avoid liquids containing alcohol or caffeine.

  • Schedule outdoor activities before noon or in the evening.

  • When temperatures reach into the 90s, a cool shower can offer more help than a fan.

  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

  • If you must work in the heat, monitor the condition of co-workers and ask them to do the same for you.

  • Rest often in shady areas or, if possible, in air-conditioned facilities.

  • Wear wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself.

Heat Illness Symptoms

CLICK HERE for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's list of symptoms for heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat syncope, heat cramps and heat rash.

Although anyone can suffer from a heat-related illness, those at greater risk include infants and young children, people 65 or older, and those who are already ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure.









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