Another hot and humid day is in store for Kansas City, Kan., with a 50 percent chance of severe thunderstorms in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
A heat advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday. Temperatures are expected to reach the middle 90s this afternoon, with possible afternoon heat index readings near 100, the weather service stated.
Temperatures inside vehicles may reach lethal highs in a matter of minutes, according to the weather service, even on mild days.
Residents are advised never to leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute.
Those who plan to be outside are advised to avoid prolonged exposure or strenuous physical activity; drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration; wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothes and a hat to shield yourself from the sun.
Residents also are advised to check up on their neighbors, the elderly and pets.
Those who are outdoors should take frequent rest breaks in the shade or in air-conditioning.
Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location, and seek emergency assistance. Heat stroke is an emergency and residents should call 911 immediately.
In tonight’s forecast, there is another chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 a.m. The low tonight may be 72 degrees.
Friday’s forecast will be sunny with a high of 89. Saturday’s forecast is mostly sunny and a high of 84.
Where can you go to cool off?
Kansas City, Kan., Public Libraries
Those in the libraries are asked to participate in normal library activities, such as reading books and publications, and sleeping is not allowed.
Main Branch, 625 Minnesota Ave., 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
South Branch, 3104 Strong Ave., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
West Wyandotte Branch Library, 1737 N. 82nd St., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Turner Community Library, 831 S. 55th St., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday.
Bonner Springs City Library, 201 N. Nettleton, Bonner Springs, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Bonner Springs Community Center, 200 E. 3rd St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Unified Government Parks and Recreation
Eisenhower Community Center, 2901 N. 72nd, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Joe E. Amayo Argentine Community Center, 2801 Metropolitan, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Armourdale Community Center, 730 Osage, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Turner Recreation Commission, 831 S. 55th St., 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday.
Kansas City, Kan., City Hall lobby, 701 N. 7th St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Willa Gill Center, 645 Nebraska, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
Wyandotte Towers high rise, cafeteria area, 915 Washington Blvd., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Juniper Gardens Community Center, 1980 N. 2nd St., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
Mt. Carmel Church of God in Christ, south wing, 2025 N. 12th St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Salvation Army, 6723 State Ave., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Three Wyandotte County YMCAs are open as cooling centers when there is an "excessive heat warning" from the National Weather Service for Wyandotte County.
YMCAs of Greater Kansas CIty will be open to the public as cooling centers from 1 to 4 p.m. when the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning. Anyone may come to cool off at the Y during those hours. Persons should bring a photo ID with them and check in when they arrive. Children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Teens 16 and older may be unaccompanied by an adult. Activities vary by location. To find out about locations, call 816-561-9622 or visit KansasCityYMCA.org.
Three YMCAs participating as cooling centers in Wyandotte County include the 8th Street YMCA, 900 N. 8th St.; Providence YMCA-Ball Family Center, 8601 Parallel Parkway; and Bonner Springs Family YMCA, 2251 S. 138th St., Bonner Springs.
- Information from National Weather Service, posted by Mary Rupert