Heat advisory today for Wichita and much of Kansas

07/25/2014 7:58 AM

07/25/2014 7:59 AM

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for more than 60 counties in Kansas on Friday, when much of the state is expected sizzle in 100-degree heat.

The advisory will run from noon until 7 p.m. in northern Kansas and from 1 to 8 p.m. in southern portions of the state. The Wichita metropolitan area will be included in the heat advisory.

The heat index — a measure of how it feels outside — could reach 105 in Wichita on Friday afternoon, said Brad Ketcham, a meteorologist with the Wichita branch of the weather service.

“Don’t leave people unattended,” Ketcham said. “Check on the elderly and people living alone.”

People who work outside should take frequent breaks and stay hydrated, he said.

The death of a small child left in a car in south Wichita early Thursday evening “is an unfortunate reminder” of the danger heat poses, Ketcham said.

Wichita is expected to hit 100 for just the second time this year. The temperature climbed to 102 on May 4, the earliest triple-digit day in the city’s history.

Saturday will be much like today, Ketcham said, with highs topping 100 and heat index readings of 105 possible. But cooler weather arrives Sunday, and much of next week will see highs in the 80s.

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