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Dangerous heat to build across central Plains this week

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Staff Writer | July 17, 2017
Temperatures will soar to dangerous levels across a portion of the central United States throughout the week.
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While heat has been no stranger in the central Plains this summer, the latest surge of hot air could bring the highest temperatures so far this season to some locations.

The length of the heat wave could put a strain on residents and animals.

“The scorching heat wave is forecast to last the longest and bring the hottest air from Nebraska to Oklahoma, with temperatures in most locations easily soaring past the 100-degree Fahrenheit mark,” Elliott said.

St. Louis will reach the century mark for multiple days during the second half of the week.

Kansas City will come close to hitting this mark by Friday. The last time the Kansas City International Airport recorded a temperature of 100 was on Sept. 8, 2013.

High temperatures will average 5 to 10 degrees above normal midsummer levels in places such as Dodge City and Wichita, Kansas; Oklahoma City; and Omaha, Nebraska, by late week.

Normal temperatures for late July range from the middle 90s to the middle 80s F from south to north across the region.