Sweltering heat wave bakes large part of nation ahead of July 4th

02 July 2018, 02:56 | Shawn Tate

Dangerous, prolonged heat expected in Kansas City metro area into the weekend | The Kansas City Star

The Weather Channel stated that strong upper-level ridges of high pressures- or'heat domes- contribute to the hot temperatures that will rack the US this weekend

Eighteen states from New Mexico to MI have issued heat advisories, warnings or watches, making up a heat dome that is descending on 60 million people.

The NWS says the heat advisory continues until 8 p.m. Sunday and will be valid from noon to 8 p.m. on Monday as well.

The National Weather Service said Sunday the "extensive heat wave" stretching from the Plains states to the East Coast is setting the stage for possible record high temperatures to be set through Monday.

Friday's high is expected to be in the low 90s, but with a heat index of 100.

Heat indices that high can cause heat stroke and death for anyone outside too long.

Sunday reached 90 degrees at 10 a.m., according to Kim Buttrick, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

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Excessive heat warnings and watches have been issued for many major metropolitan areas, including Kansas City, Missouri; Chicago; Detroit; Philadelphia; New York City; Hartford, Connecticut; and Albany, New York.

After another warm night heat index values are once again expected to be hot on Sunday afternoon reaching over 100°. Heat index values will soar into the 100s, with localized 105-degree heat-index values in urban areas of the Northeast. Even with temperatures in the 80s, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach over 100 degrees in 20 minutes. As quick as these storms came in, they moved out and the clearing began.

With all the heat and humidity destabilizing the atmosphere, strong to severe storms are definitely possible and all of southeast Wisconsin has been placed in the slight risk for severe weather.

Another round of hot air will move into the central US on the Fourth of July.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include nausea, vomiting, cold/pale/clammy skin, heavy sweating, fast and weak pulse, and weakness or fainting. Check the temperatures in your neighborhood with our Current Temperatures Map. If you plan on spending time outdoors, such as at the beach, pool or ballpark, should keep in mind to use sunscreen. Heat stroke is an emergency - call 9 1 1.

Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the sun's peak hours: 11 a.m.to 4 p.m.

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