A heat advisory goes into effect at noon Tuesday, July 9, as the heat index could reach 103 in Kansas City, Kan.
According to the National Weather Service, today's high may be 98 degrees. The heat advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. and the weather service called the temperatures "dangerous."
There is a 20 percent chance of showers today after 3 p.m., and a 50 percent chance of showers and storms tonight. The storms this morning are north of the Kansas City area, near the Iowa border.
Hot temperatures today will combine with very humid air resulting in a heat index as high as 108 in some areas of the Midwest.
Residents are advised to take precautions against the heat.
Heat illnesses are possible, and residents should drink plenty of water, stay in an air-conditioned room out of the sun, and check up on neighbors, the elderly and pets.
Those who work or spend time outdoors should reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or late evening if possible, according to the weather service.
Residents should be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and wear light-colored, lightweight and loose clothing when possible.
Those who are overcome by the heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Residents may call 911 immediately for emergency assistance if there are symptoms of heat stroke.