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It's hot. High temperatures and a lack of rain have brought about the country's widest-ranging drought since the 1950s. The entire state of Missouri has been declared a federal disaster area, along with 82 counties in Kansas. Crops are struggling to survive, and so are cattle farmers who can't feed their livestock.

Labor Day Promises Heat Relief In Kansas City Metro

Metro Kansas City is baking in what may turn out to be the hottest day of the calendar year, August 30.

That could be a hundred degrees or higher.

Spotty rain is expected before the holiday weekend is half way through.

Downtown is 6.25 inches below the norm for the year, Olathe by more than 3.5.

Data shows even more dehydration if one considers the period June through August with Olathe scoring a mere  7.4 inches. That amounts to a summertime deficit of 6.02 inches.

Relief is anticipated within a matter of days.

The National Weather Service office serving the region is more than usually popular approaching  the Labor Day weekend.

Meteorologist Matt Dux doesn’t have to hunt data about when the heat will break.

Monday he says, temperatures will move only into low 80s.

Just before Labor Day, according to Dux, “there will be some scattered showers and thunderstorms  late Saturday night into Sunday morning as that colder air begins to arrive. Now, not everyone is going to see rain those days, and it may be more hit or miss.”

Dux thinks the early part of the weekend will be much as Friday, the second to last day of August. The August 31 forecast calls for highs into the upper 90s or a little beyond.

Heat is held in under a dome, South of  the jet stream that has moved into Canada.

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