KANSAS CITY (B)--No change in the central United States heat wave that has claimed human and animal lives and decreased summer crop yields is predicted soon. Some easing of the heat is expected in northern portions of the region soonb, but relief elsewhere may not take place --if at all.

Hot temperatures will occur repetitively through Sept. 3 from the lower Mississippi River Basin into Illinois, parts of Iowa, southeastern Nebraska and Kansas. Daily highs in Iowa and much of central and northern Illinois will be in the upper 80s and 90s Fahrenheit. Highs from the Delta through Missouri and Kansas to eastern Nebraska and southwestern Iowa will remain in the upper 90s through the lower 100s, keeping crop and animal stress high.

A couple of weather disturbances will attempt to bring cooler air across the northernmost portion of the hot region this week, easing some of the heat from there. However, no change in the lower Mississippi or southern Great Plains heat is likely to take place at that time. Greater relative humidity will affect the southern Plains and Delta, which may ultimately shave a few degrees off of the daily highs, but the humidity will make the air feel more uncomfortable.

A better "chance" for more meaningful cooling may affect Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and the lower Mississippi River Basin during the end of the week, but that is still largely up for debate. Any relief probably would not last long since BridgeNews Global Weather Services says the odds favor a return of hot weather around mid-month.

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