May 25, 2022

High temperatures brings increased fire danger this week

Even though summer is still over a month away, high temperatures this week are going to make it sure feel like it. Temperatures are going to be extremely high this week with meteorologists predicting highs will be in the 90’s almost everyday. Some parts of the state will experience a bit of humidity throughout the week that will lead to heat index values closer to the upper 90’s and lower 100’s.

However, in southwest Kansas where temperatures are expected to range in the lower to mid 90’s, high wind is likely to be the cause of precaution. The combination of elevated wind speeds along with the above average temperatures call for heightened fire concerns across much of western and southwest Kansas where drought conditions have persisted. 

Experts say that we haven’t had heat like this since October, and so our bodies need to take the time to adjust to the heat. Some suggested tips to beat the hot weather include: making sure to drink plenty of water over the next few days especially, find ways to stay cool if you have to be outside, and to take you daily walks/walking pets in the morning or wait until the evening when temperatures start to drop. 

Some relief may be on the way though, as there is a chance for isolated showers at the end of the week. Showers are expected to be more likely in the southern part of the state, hopefully bringing cooler temperatures this weekend.