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Extreme Heat Taking Its Toll on Kansas City Metro Residents

Evan Crosby

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Kansas City, Mo. - According to reporting from Fox4 KC, extreme heat is taking its toll on residents throughout the Kansas City area.

Officials with the Kansas City Health Department suspect that as many as six recent deaths in the Missouri side of the metro might be attributed to extreme heat.

The medical examiner's office is currently investigating the following possible heat-related deaths.

  1. Male, born in 1949
  2. Female, born 1952
  3. Female, born in 1962
  4. Male, born 1976
  5. Male, born in 1988
  6. Male, born 1998

However, the official cause of death for the victims won't be released until the medical examiner's office completes its final report, according to Fox4 KC.

The Kansas City Parks Department has published a list of 10 cooling centers where residents who are without air conditioning can escape the heat.

St. Luke's Health System has reported that their emergency rooms across the metro are seeing an uptick in the number of patients coming in with heat-related illnesses as the scorching summer heat continues.

KSHB reports that the extreme heat will continue to linger through the weekend before the arrival of a cold front that will bring several chances of rain and thunderstorms next week. However, before the arrival of the cold front, temperatures on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are forecasted to reach as high as 105, putting many metro-area residents at risk of heat-related illnesses and even death.

Jessica DeWitt, Athletic Trainer with Rockhill Orthopedic Specialists, told Fox4 KC that heat exhaustion is a very preventable illness. It just comes down to being aware and alert, as well as taking care of your body.

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