Heat index could reach nearly 100 degrees today

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The heat index may hit the upper 90s and lower 100s today in Wyandotte County.

At 9 a.m., temperatures were 82 with a heat index of 86. At 3 p.m. today, the National Weather Service predicts a temperature of 91 degrees with a heat index of 98.

Hot and humid conditions mean that residents should take precautions for the heat.

Some advice from the National Weather Service:
• Slow down; reduce, eliminate or reschedule outdoor activity.
• Dress for summer; wear lightweight, light-colored clothes.
• Drink plenty of water; avoid alcohol and caffeinated fluids.
• Spend time in air-conditioned places.
• Don’t get too much sun; sunburn reduces the body’s ability to dissipate heat.

A complex of thunderstorms could develop north of the Kansas City area tonight, according to the weather service. There is a 20 percent chance of severe thunderstorms here. The storm also could bring damaging winds and small hail along and north of the Highway 36 corridor, near St. Joseph, Mo., after midnight.

There is also a 50 percent chance for isolated severe storms north of a Kirksville, Mo., to Kansas City line on Thursday, according to the weather service. These storms could bring large hail and damaging winds.

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