Kansas City is blessed—or cursed, depending on the season— with typical Midwestern weather. In summer, temperatures can soar into the 90s—and humidity, sometimes in the 80th percentile, can be unbearable. On occasion, thunder and lightning storms bring dramatic downpours, forcing traffic to a halt. Occasional heat waves keep people indoors—or in air-conditioned shopping malls and movie theaters.
The most pleasant times to visit, weather-wise, are April, May, September, and October, when the air is balmy, the temperatures in the 60s to 80s, and the spring flowers or fall foliage display Mother Nature at her best. Those searching for a true taste of the Midwest may want to time their trip to coincide with the American Royal celebration, a two-month extravaganza of barbecue contests, livestock and horse shows, rodeos, and parades in October and November. It’s the city’s largest celebration and a nod to the agriculture that drove much of its growth—and still remains at the core of its heritage.
Dress in layers and don’t leave that heavy coat and knitted scarf at home during winter, when temperatures often dip below freezing and ice storms can make sidewalks and roads dangerous.