Air quality alert in effect today as temperatures reach mid-90s

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An air quality orange ozone alert has been issued for Monday, and temperatures are expected to reach a high of 94. Hot, humid weather is in this week’s National Weather Service forecast.

Ozone is expected to be the primary pollutant today, and residents and businesses are asked to avoid activities that lead to ozone formation, according to the Mid-America Regional Council. They should avoid refueling vehicles or topping off when refueling, idling unnecessarily and using gasoline-powered lawn equipment.

Residents are asked to car pool, bike to work, delay or combine errands and use water-based paints and cleaners. Residents should limit strenuous activities with special attention to the very young and those who have pre-existing respiratory conditions.

RideKC has cut the cost of riding the bus in half today, with the orange ozone alert in effect.

RideKC cuts the cost of riding the bus in half when an ozone alert is issued. Riding the bus instead of driving will help cut auto emissions. Area transit providers offer 75-cent bus rides during all ozone alerts, on all routes but the 510 K-10 Connector.

St. Joseph, Missouri, is still in minor flood stage, while Atchison, Kansas, has declined to the action stage. Leavenworth, Kansas, is now below action stage.

The Missouri River at Kansas City is well below flood stage, as is the Kansas River in Kansas City, Kansas, according to hydrology charts.

Today, according to the National Weather Service, the heat index will climb to 97, with more hot weather in the forecast for the rest of the week. Little to no rain is in the forecast.

Tonight, it will be mostly clear with a low of 73 and a southeast wind of 5 mph becoming calm after midnight, according to the weather service.

Tuesday, it will be mostly clear with a low of 73 and a southeast wind of 5 mph becoming calm after midnight, the weather service said.

Tuesday, it will be sunny with a high near 96 and heat index values as high as 100, the weather service said. A calm wind will become east around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday night, the low will be around 75 with mostly clear skies and a southeast wind of 3 to 6 mph, according to the weather service.

Wednesday, it will be sunny with a high near 96 and a south southeast wind of 3 to 8 mph, the weather service said.

Wednesday night, it will be mostly clear with a low of 76, according to the weather service.

Thursday, it will be sunny and hot, with a high near 97, the weather service said.

Thursday night, it will be mostly clear with a low of 77, according to the weather service.

Friday, the forecast is mostly sunny with a high near 96, the weather service said.

Friday night, expect a low of 76 with partly cloudy skies, according to the weather service.

Saturday, it will be mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97, the weather service said.

Saturday night, it will be partly cloudy, with a low of 77, according to the weather service.

Sunday, it will be mostly sunny with a high near 96, the weather service said.

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