Because of anticipated risky and prolonged heat, the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill has issued an excessive heat warning for the Kansas City metro as well as surrounding areas along and south of the Missouri River.
If you thought Saturday was hot, Sunday and Monday's heat will take this weather to a whole other level, according to the National Weather Service.
In Mercer County, Ohio, heat-index values are expected to reach the upper 90s to around 100 at times this afternoon, the weather service said. If you don't have air conditioning, visit cool areas like a recreation center or library. "It's likely we will see heat advisories for many days to come".
The hot weather is especially risky for young children, elderly people and people with health problems, it said.
An excessive heat warning remains in effect through late Saturday for Chicago as sweltering summer temperatures stick in the area. Temperatures will be slightly cooler on Sunday, but that is a relative term.
Philadelphia, which hit 92 degrees on Sunday with a heat index of 105, similarly sounded the alarm to its residents and visitors about the risky heat. With all of the heat and humidity, it's not out of the question for some of the storms to be on the strong side.
An approaching cold front will try to send a few showers and thunderstorms to central Indiana Sunday night.
If you must be outdoors, avoid being outside in the middle of the day and keep an eye out for signs of heat exhaustion or stroke.
Monday will be hot but not as intense with a forecast high of 93 degrees, although it will remain humid.
HEAT CRAMPS: Painful spasms usually in the muscles of legs and abdomen with heavy sweating. If a victim is continuously vomiting or loses consciousness, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. If you plan on spending time outdoors, such as at the beach, pool or ballpark, should do not forget to use sunscreen. When possible.reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.