Wichita weather: Excessive heat warning through Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through Wednesday evening as a fresh round of triple digit temperatures bakes the region.

Highs today should easily top 100, forecasters say, with heat index readings reaching 110.

“The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a dangerous situation where heat illnesses are likely,” the weather service cautions in the warning statement.

The excessive heat warning is in place until 7 p.m. Wednesday and covers nine counties in southern and central Kansas, including the Wichita metropolitan area. Among the cities included are Salina, McPherson, Marion, Cottonwood Falls, Newton, Wellington, Marion, Cottonwood Falls, El Dorado and Winfield.

South-southwest winds are expected to be steady in the teens, with gusts of 20 miles an hour or more. Lows for the next few evenings will be in the mid-70s. Highs are expected to hit 100 or more throughout the work week.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.