KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It’s the middle of summer and it’s hot; that’s not breaking news. But, just how hot is it? And does it matter where you are? Fox 4’s Megan Dillard and photojournalist Sean Walshire explored Kansas City Saturday to find out and clock temps across the metro.
At Fisher park, in the shade under a tree, 88 degrees registered on a thermometer. Just feet away, about 5 minutes later, the same thermometer was placed at the top of a playground slide and clocked in at 104 degrees.
At Liberty Dog Park, the thermometer measured 100 degrees. Under cool water at the Loose Park Splash Pad it was about 10 degrees less than that.
For folks who work, or spent the day shopping at metro grocery stores it was about 100 degrees in a shopping cart in the sun. Fox 4 meteorologists say in a parking lot you can add 10 or 15 degrees over open asphalt. So whether you're at the market, or at Kauffman Stadium tailgating, any blacktop will bring higher temperatures. And while the Astros try to cool down the red-hot Royals, the ‘real’ burn comes from the Texas temps they brought with them.
Experts consider it a high-risk condition if the heat index is between 103 to 115 degrees. They say if you’re out in it, a good rule of thumb is to drink four cups of water per hour.