With triple-digit heat in the forecast for Topeka and northeast Kansas later this week, the National Weather Service has posted an excessive heat watch for the area through Saturday evening.
Forecasters say high pressure building over the Plains will spread a “very warm” air mass into northeast Kansas.
High temperatures Wednesday through Saturday will range from the mid-90s to near 105 degrees, with lows only dropping into the mid- to upper-70s overnight.
An excessive heat watch means a prolonged period of high temperatures is expected. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity will create a dangerous situation in which heat-related illnesses are possible.
People are advised to drink plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and to stay out of the sun and in air-conditioned rooms if possible.
People also are encouraged to check on relatives, the elderly and pets to make sure they aren’t suffering from exposure to heat.