EXTREME SUMMER HEAT – Humidity levels rise, more storms loom


The showers that pushed through earlier this morning helped to keep some areas a little bit cooler with highs only reaching into the low to mid 90’s, but we’re continuing to track some more hot and humid weather. A heat advisory is in effect until 7 pm Saturday due to the combination of high temperatures and high humidity. Highs will reach the mid to high 90’s on Friday, but growing humidity levels will help drive heat index values close to 110 degrees. The possibility of some stray pop up showers can’t be ruled out for Friday, but it’s unlikely that any of them will be severe. Otherwise, most spots will remain dry with mostly clear skies.

Easterly winds will try to filter in some drier air into the eastern portions of northeast Kansas for Saturday, which will help hinder heat index values and keep them in the mid to high 90’s. Areas further to the west will see temperatures around the 100 degree mark, with heat index values ranging from 105 to 110 degrees. A second round of drier air from the east will move into the eastern counties Sunday morning, but won’t reach the western most counties in the area. Variability in heat index values are anticipated with a range extending from 95 towards the east with values closer to 105 in the areas further out west.

Some showers are possible early Saturday, primarily for areas in the west, such as Concordia, Salina, and Clay Center. However, any showers that do form will fizzle out later Saturday afternoon as they try to move east and run straight into some drier air. The next widespread chance of rain won’t be introduced into northeast Kansas until early next week when a cold front swings through. That’s when some relief from the heat will also be felt as temperatures fall closer to the average for this time of year with highs in the mid to high 80s.

Have a great evening!

– KSNT Storm Track Chief Meteorologist Matt Miller

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