Grab your goggles and flippers and head out to the pool -- mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 90s are expected today. The heat index had reached 107 degrees by 3 p.m. and the temperature was still rising.
"It's going to be a scorcher this afternoon," said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. "It's just the beginning of a very hot stretch for the next couple of days."
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At 3 p.m., Lawrence's temperature was already 96 degrees, with a 49 percent humidity making the heat index 107 degrees, according to National Weather Service readings at Lawrence Municipal Airport.
Under sunny skies, the actual temperature will climb to a high of 97 by late afternoon, Schack said.
"It's going to be a hot afternoon if you're working outside. Prepare yourself," she said.
Overnight, the temperature will fall to 74 by early Thursday morning.
But Thursday afternoon, the temperature will zoom up again. The high will reach 98 in the late afternoon under mostly sunny skies.
Friday's weather will continue to be hot. The temperature will start out at 74 degrees early Friday morning, and will climb to a high of 99 by late Friday afternoon.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from 10 a.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Sunday for the Lawrence area. A heat advisory is issued when high humidities are expected to combine with hot temperatures to make it feel likeis is 105 degrees or warmer.
The weather services said it expected afternoon heat indices between 105 and 110 Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.