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Temperatures are expected to reach a “cool” 98 degrees today, but that “break in the heat” is not expected to last. The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures in the triple digits tomorrow and through the weekend. Temperatures are expected to spike this weekend with a potential high of 104 degrees on Saturday.

As residents brace for another heat wave, the Kansas City Communication Office is reminding residents to take advantage of cooling options available in the city.

In Kansas City, Missouri:

  • All Kansas City Public Libraries and Mid-Continent Public Libraries will be open and can be used as cooling centers for the public. 

  • Kansas City’s 10 community centers will serve as cooling centers during their normal business hours. Community centers hours vary, but all centers will be open during the day when temperatures are expected to be highest.

  • Most of the City’s free spraygrounds and aquatic centers are open and can provide relief to the heat. If you are spending time in the sun, make sure to use proper protection against the sun and hydrate.

  • YMCA’s of Greater Kansas City will be available to the community from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. when an excessive heat warning has been issued by the NWS. 

  • The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has set up a system of air conditioned buses for people using public transportation to help cover temperature spikes this week. The city has set up the cooling buses to accommodate high transfer areas at 31st & Van Brunt and Barney Allis Plaza from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. but those times may be adjusted if conditions change. 

  • Buses and the streetcar are free to ride, and air-conditioned. You can take a ride to cool off. 

If you are a resident of Wyandotte County click here to see a list of cooling centers, spraygrounds, and community centers that residents can use to stay out of the sun.  

To avoid heat related stress and illness the National Weather Service recommends these tips: 

  • Keep in cool air conditioned areas during the hottest times of the day. If possible try to minimize the amount of time you are in direct sunlight.

  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate… Drink plenty of water and avoid excess alcoholic or caffeinated beverages.

  • Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. 

  • Check on elderly, sick or frail people during times of extreme heat. Check on neighbors of relative who live alone 

  • Never leave children or pets unattended in vehicle or closed spaces with direct sunlight

  • Dress appropriately. Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light-color clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses is important and can be life savings. If you or someone around you is experiencing heat stroke, illness or exhaustion call 911 immediately.