'Nasty' heat wave ahead for region

Dangerous, prolonged heat expected in Kansas City metro area into the weekend | The Kansas City Star

Intense heat wave will scorch central and eastern US as cities rush to set up cooling stations

A heat warning has been extended until 7 p.m. Sunday as the Chicago area continues to see scorching temperatures mixed with thick humidity. Saturday and Sunday will be hot and humid with highs in the low 90s on both days, but the humidity will make it feel more like 100 degrees at times.

The National Weather Service defines a heat wave as three or more consecutive days with temperatures reaching 90 degrees or higher.

Kennedy says the weather service could issue a heat advisory for Monday or Tuesday as the index could top 100 degrees.

"Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors", the weather service advises.

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Los Angeles, under the influence of a cool Pacific Ocean, is expected to reach only 78 on Independence Day, but the pain will come eventually, according to the National Weather Service.

It will be another day of warm temperatures across much of the West. Temperatures will be almost 100 degrees in parts of interior California on Saturday.

Slightly cooler conditions are expected on Monday as a backdoor cold front approaches from the northeast. 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. The storm chance Saturday night looks to be the only chance for rain and there still remains uncertainty on exact details such as timing and how much rain will fall. Factor in the even higher humidity and the heat index will climb well past 100 degrees. "Excessive exposure to heat can cause a range of heat-related illnesses, from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke". Victims of this illness should be moved to a cool place, be cooled using any method available such as ice packs, cool wet cloths or by applying water to the body, and sip on water. Not only that, but it will be important to put on sunscreen if you plan on spending time outdoors and be sure to reapply it often. Heat stroke is an emergency.call 9 1 1.

The NWS recommends anyone who will be outside should remain hydrated, limit strenuous outdoor activities, and wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

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