Heat Causes 10 Deaths in Kansas City Area
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City health authorities say they are investigating nine deaths that might be related to heat this year.
The latest suspected death is a man in his early 70s. The health department said Wednesday it has not confirmed that any of the deaths are heat-related.
The Kansas City Star reports that the city recorded a total of 10 heat-related deaths in the past three years.
The health department says one-third of this year's cases have been adults ages 18 to 44, with 28 percent were age 65 and older. Nearly 10 percent of the illnesses have been in children age 4 and under.
The National Weather Service on Wednesday issued an excessive heat watch for Friday through Monday evening and long range forecasts call for high heat through July.