It will be hotter in the days ahead, but for Sunday and Monday our dew points were so low that it actually felt tolerable. Now, moisture starts to gradually increase and it becomes oppressive.
There is a Heat Advisory in effect for all of Northeast Kansas until 8 p.m. Friday.
A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot weather is expected, during which heat illnesses are possible.
Limit your outdoor activities during this time, stay in an air-conditioned building, and check up on relatives and neighbors. While outside, drink plenty of water, wear light and loose fitting clothing, and reduce strenuous activities.
We’ve been fortunate to have rain chances during each of our previous heat waves as systems have dipped from the Pacific Northwest into the Northern Plains. Cold fronts have sagged into Nebraska which triggered numerous storms that came our way through May and June.
Now in July, that is becoming less likely as the Dog Days of summer kick in. Drought conditions are listed as extreme or severe for this part of Kansas so a rain free forecast with possible triple-digits isn’t good. The next chance for anything legit could still be 6 days away. There may be some isolated t’storms Saturday, but the better chance is late Monday into Tuesday of next week.
Low temperatures are near 70 early today so it’s not quite as pleasant as the previous two mornings. Sunshine will dominate as our massive high pressure area is locked and not moving anywhere. Wind should be relatively light again, but breezes will start to pick up and humidity levels are going up quickly.
Dew Points: 68-71
Heat Index: 100-105
Wind: SE 10-20
Heat precautions should be observed later with highs of 99-102 and dew points in the lower to mid 70s. Heat index values could be 105-110 in the Wednesday to Saturday stretch. You know of the common sense and practical safety habits for this, but please put them to use. It will make you feel better and keep you safe.
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Moisture continues to gradually increase so prepare….