Wichita weather: Heat wave settles in

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Wichita area from 1 p.m. today to 7 a.m. Thursday, when the heat index is expected to climb to 105 or higher.

The heat advisory covers all 26 counties in southeast Kansas covered by the Wichita branch of the weather service. Actual temperatures are expected to hit 101 in Wichita, with south-southeast winds in the teens. Central Kansas could see highs of 106.

Winds will strengthen tonight, gusting to nearly 30 miles an hour out of the south. Overnight lows will bottom out in the upper 70s.

Thursday will be even hotter, with highs of 104 in Wichita. South winds will be steady in the 20s, with gusts approaching 35 miles an hour.

Triple digit temperatures are likely in Wichita through at least Monday, forecasters say.

Keep an eye on your neighbors, particularly the elderly. Hydrate often and take frequent breaks if you must work outside.

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