The Kansas City area is under an excessive heat alert from Thursday afternoon through Saturday evening. Highs Thursday and Friday are forecast to be at or near 100, and Saturday it’s expected to be in the low to middle 90s.

WHAT'S IN STORE: The Kansas City area is under an excessive heat alert from Thursday afternoon through Saturday evening. Highs Thursday and Friday are forecast to be at or near 100, and Saturday it’s expected to be in the low to middle 90s. The heat index could reach 100 to 108.

The alert covers the western half of Missouri, most of eastern Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma.


WHAT TO DO: Heat illnesses are possible, and authorities advise drinking plenty of non-alcoholic beverages, staying out of the sun and in the air conditioning, and checking on friends and family, especially the elderly. Make sure outdoor pets have plenty of water and shade, too.

Also:

Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. The body needs it to keep cool. Skip alcohol and limit drinks with caffeine. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, which reflects heat and sunlight. Eat light. Meat and other proteins increase metabolic heat production also increase the body’s water loss. Don’t get too much sun. A sunburn will reduce your body’s ability to dissipate heat. Skip the salt tablets unless your doctor says otherwise.


WHAT'S FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD: The forecast also calls for a high of 93 Sunday and 91 Monday. It might also rain both days. On Tuesday, there’s also a chance of rain and a high of just 86.