The excessive heat warning for the eastern half of Kansas – including the Wichita metropolitan area – has been extended into the weekend by the National Weather Service.
Heat index readings of between 105 and 110 degrees are expected through the period, a statement issued by the weather service reports. For now, the warning expires Saturday evening in the Wichita area, though forecasters caution it could be extended into Sunday.
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More than 60 counties in the Sunflower State are under the heat warning, stretching from Nebraska to Oklahoma in the eastern half of the state.
Wichita is expected to top 100 both Friday and Saturday, with south winds in the teens and gusts topping 25 miles an hour. A front will bring chances for rain –and cooler temperatures – on Sunday, with chances persisting for several days early next week.
The cooler temperatures will be relative, however, with highs on Sunday in the upper 90s and in the low 90s through much of next week.