An excessive heat warning was issued by the National Weather Service for Johnson County at about 3 p.m. Thursday, July 29, and will be in effect until 9 p.m. Friday, July 30.
The NWS states dangerously hot conditions with heat index values between 105 and 110 degrees Thursday afternoon and near 105 degrees Friday afternoon.
The NWS states the affected areas include portions of east central and northeast Kansas and central, northwest and west-central Missouri.
The NWS states extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.
The NWS advises precautionary actions such as drinking plenty of fluids, staying in an air-conditioned room, staying out of the sun and checking up on relatives and neighbors. Young
children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
The NWS advises taking extra precautions if working or spending time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.