The Kansas City Health Department announced Thursday that it suspects heat played a role in the deaths of a 60-year-old man and a 1-year-old boy. The entire Kansas City metro is under an excessive heat warning. On Thursday temperatures in Kansas City hit 107. The excessive heat warning expires for Kansas City on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Kansas City area YMCAs and Salvation Army locations and community centers are open as cooling centers for those without air conditioning. There's a full list of locations and times here.
As the above screengrab from the Weather Channel shows, relief will not be here soon.
The Health Department also released tips for how to handle the heat, including this one:
"Do not use a fan as your primary source of cooling. If your home does not have air conditioning, please go to a public building every day for several hours. The City's Community Centers are open as cooling centers during regular business hours. Please visit www.kcmo.org/parks and click on the "Community Centers" drop-down box for information on Community Centers."
The city offers much more advice on coping with heat and helping your pets stay healthy at KCMO.org/heat.