The National Weather Service has gone from an alert to a warning about the heat.

The National Weather Service has gone from an alert to a warning about the heat.

The Kansas City area is under an excessive heat warning from 1 p.m. today through 7 p.m. Friday. An excessive heat watch then runs through Saturday evening. That’s a little more strongly worded than Tuesday’s posted heat alert.

Today’s high is predicted to be 96, but the humidity will push up the heat index, meaning it might feel like it’s 105. Friday’s forecasted high is 98, followed by 96 Saturday and it’s expected to reach the mid-90s each day through Tuesday.

The warning area includes western and central Missouri and the eastern edge of Kansas, an area roughly from the northwest corner of Missouri east to Kirksville south to Boonville and Clinton to west to Paola, Kan.

Authorities remind residents that conditions are right for heat illnesses. Their advice: Drinking plenty of non-alcoholic beverages, stay out of the sun and in the air conditioning. If you have to work outside, try to do that early in the day. Also, check on friends and family, especially the elderly. Make sure outdoor pets have plenty of water and shade, too.

Authorities also say there are added problems of being in downtown Kansas City and other urbanized areas, where all of the buildings, streets, sidewalks and parking lots – and not much green space – collect more heat than less densely developed areas. That also means the area doesn’t cool down as much overnight, meaning the following day’s heat buildup starts at a higher point.

Today’s air quality index is yellow, meaning there is no ozone alert for the metro area. The Mid-America Regional Council has a color-coded scale from green to red. Orange alert days mean ozone levels are high enough to suggest curbing some outdoor activities, and red alerts are more severe.