Dangerous heat forecast Wednesday through Saturday

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued an excessive heat warning is in effect for the entire outlook area today, Wednesday, July 17, 2019, through Saturday. Heat indices of 103 to 112 degrees is expected each afternoon.

Isolated thunderstorms are possible today and are not expected to become severe. There continues to be a slight chance of storms in north central Kansas this evening.

Today through Saturday, NWS forecasts dangerously hot temperatures, with highs in the mid 90s to around 103 degrees, and heat index values approaching around 110 degrees.

All of the NWS Topeka coverage area will be impacted by 103 to 112 degree heat indices each afternoon through Saturday.

When under an excessive heat warning, Ready.gov advises people should:

  • Stay inside in air conditioning.
  • Avoid strenuous activities outdoors.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Never leave a child, adult, or animal alone inside a vehicle on a warm day.
  • Find places with air conditioning if you don’t have it in your home. Libraries, shopping malls, and community centers can provide a cool place to take a break from the heat.
  • If you’re outside, find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

Heat related illnesses are more likely when heat index values exceed 100 degrees. Check yourself, family members, and neighbors for signs of heat-related illness. Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

Information thanks to NWS and Ready.gov.

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