Finger on the Weather

Not many 100s so far this year for Wichita — but today will be one

Heat waves paint a surreal image of employees with Cutler Repaving in 2009. Thursday will be a dangerous day to work outside in southern Kansas because of a heat index that could climb near 108 in spots.
Heat waves paint a surreal image of employees with Cutler Repaving in 2009. Thursday will be a dangerous day to work outside in southern Kansas because of a heat index that could climb near 108 in spots. The Wichita Eagle

Wichita is expected to reach 100 degrees today for the first time in July.

If it happens, it’ll be just the fourth time in 2018 that Wichita has recorded a temperature in the triple digits. The first three occurred in June, according to the National Weather Service.

Wichita averages 10 100-degree days a year, so in that sense, it’s been a cooler-than-average summer.

But it won’t feel like that for the next couple of days. The weather service has issued a heat advisory from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. today for Wichita and 17 counties of southern Kansas.

The heat index could reach 108 in portions of the cautioned area.

Highs will flirt with 100 again on Friday before cooling to the mid-90s over the weekend.

The National Weather Service provides tips on how to stay safe in the heat.

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