JoCo Notes: ‘Dangerous heat’ to hit KC area Wednesday

A triathlete trained in the stifling heat at Meadowbrook Park in Prairie Village in the summer of 2021. Photo credit Carlos Moreno/KCUR 89.3.

Halfway there, Blue Valley!

🥵 Today’s forecast: Mostly sunny and very hot. High: 98. Low: 75. Heat index: 104

🚨 Happening today

This summer’s first real heat blast hits the Kansas City region today.

Temperatures are expected to top 100 over the next 48 hours and the heat index is set to hover in triple digits through Friday.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory that covers much of the metro starting at 1 p.m. this afternoon and will remain in effect until 7 p.m. Friday.

County officials are warning residents to stay hydrated and avoid prolonged and strenuous outdoor activity while the advisory is in effect.

“Extreme heat events have claimed more lives in the United States over the past 10 years than any other weather event, including floods and tornadoes,” said Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Charlie Hunt. “It is important to follow proper precautions to stay safe when it gets hot and humid outside, as heat-related illness can strike fast.”

That includes drinking plenty of fluids, wearing loose, light-colored clothing outdoors and staying indoors as much as possible, especially if you have respiratory issues.

Read more tips and advice with Johnson County’s heat safety guide.

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📸 A thousand words

Young reader Ruby reunited with a giant stuffed horse named Stanley, who she grew fond of while reading with at the Blue Valley branch of Johnson County Library three years ago before the COVID-19 pandemic. “Ruby and Stanley were finally reunited! It was so precious to see a piece of her world put back in its proper place, and to see the joy in her face,” her mother wrote on Facebook. Photo via Facebook.