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July 22, 2014

Heat advisory issued for Wichita and much of Kansas today

Most of Kansas will be baking under a heat advisory Tuesday afternoon as summer flexes some muscle.

Most of Kansas will be baking under a heat advisory Tuesday afternoon as summer flexes some muscle.

It’ll feel as hot as 110 degrees by mid-afternoon over a large section of the Sunflower State, forecasters warn. The heat advisory will run from noon to 8 p.m. in more than 70 Kansas counties spanning the eastern three-quarters of the state.

Wichita and the rest of the metropolitan area are now included in the advisory after forecasters initially projected it would escape the worst of the heat.

“Those dew points just started creeping up higher than first thought,” said Scott Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.

“That high moisture coming up” from the Gulf of Mexico, “that’s what’s going to make the difference,” he said. “It’s going to be really hot out there.”

Wichita may see its second 100 of the year today. A weak cold front moving in overnight will provide some temperature relief, Smith said, but not much. Temperatures will be back up near 100 by Friday.

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