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Heat Blankets the Ozarks This Week

Temperatures at or above 100 and a heat index that’s flirting with 110 will make the heat especially oppressive for Southwest Missouri this week.

National weather service meteorologist John Gagan says there’s only a slight chance of relief but it probably won't reach this part of the state.

“There is a weak cold front that could get into northern Kansas and northern Missouri. That’s at least some opportunity for those areas to see a chance for rain Thursday into Friday. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like this activity will make its way into southern Kansas, southern Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas.”

Gagen says this summer's heat is rather unusual.

“It’s that’s persistence of the heat just day in and day out, and unfortunately, now we can say week in and week out, that’s leading to a rather unusual summer. Unfortunately our dry conditions will continue and obviously, that does play a feedback mechanism on our heat. The dryer we get, the easier it is to get hot.”

The excessive heat warning for Southwest Missouri continues through Wednesday evening.