Archive for Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Temperatures scorch up to 106 degrees - how do you beat the heat?

Heat advisory issued for Douglas County through 7 p.m. Thursday

July 19, 2006, 7:51 a.m. Updated July 19, 2006, 3:09 p.m.


If you think it's been hot this week, just go outside this afternoon. Thermometers around town were getting a workout as temperatures soared well above 100 degrees. The heat index is expected to climb as high as 115, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.

"It looks like the hottest day we've seen so far," Schack said.

At 3 p.m., the official recorded temperature for Lawrence, taken at the National Weather Service station at Lawrence Municipal Airport, was 106 degrees and the humidity was 26 percent, making the heat index 111 degrees. The temperature at the 6News studios at Seventh and New Hampshire streets in downtown Lawrence was 107 degrees. The average high temperature for this date is 91 degrees. The record high was 111 degrees, set in 1934.

The National Weather Service's Heat Advisory for Douglas County is in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday.

An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties through 7 p.m. Thursday.

The weather service says that to minimize the risk of heat-related illnesses:

¢ Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids to avoid dehydration.

¢ Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a hat to shield yourself from the sun.

¢ Use a sunscreen to reduce possible sunburn.

This morning's low temperature was 76 degrees. The average low temperature for this date is 70 degrees. The record low was 57 degrees, set in 1947.

Heading out to Thursday's annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale?

Go early to beat the heat: Thursday's morning low temperature will be 79 degrees, Schack said. Thursday's afternoon high will be 101 degrees, with the heat index being around 112 degrees, she said.

Friday's morning low will be 77 degrees. Friday's high will be 94 degrees, she said.


bearded_gnome 11 years, 9 months ago


city band concert might be rescheduled for the heat I hear. decision will be made at 5;30pm.
humidity felt worse this morning than yesterday same time.

bearded_gnome 11 years, 9 months ago

this was announced on klwn-radio this morning, at 8;50am. they said they'd have word on same station once decided.

Andrew Juby 11 years, 9 months ago

I'm out in Hays this week assisting at a music camp, we got up to 111 the other day. Makes me long for the cool 103 of Lawrence. :-)

countrygirl 11 years, 9 months ago

I'll take the 111 in Hays over the 103 with high humdity back here any day.

flames_over_the_wasteland 11 years, 9 months ago

Everything is just fine . . . let's keep telling ourselves so.

trinity 11 years, 9 months ago

there is no way to beat this heat. doomed i say, doomed. :*(

(lol-the boil an egg thing in the backyard pool made me smile though!)

BrianR 11 years, 9 months ago

Ok, maybe it's time for the City Commission to enact "No Pants Fridays" in Lawrence.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, you don't beat this heat. It beats you.

My cat is SO glad he's an indoor cat. Assuming that the breaker didn't blow on the AC again. We have a metal bathtub. He's been laying in it to stay cool during the day.

BrianR 11 years, 9 months ago

bialy, We could boil a haggis on the sidewalk!

mztrendy 11 years, 9 months ago

my four year old and I really did boil an egg the other day!

bearded_gnome 11 years, 9 months ago

I miss my cannons! now, there's how to beat the heat!
how I beat the heat: stay indoors; when can't, I use a mister and keep all wet. so if you said: "gnome, you're all wet," you'd be RIGHT!

tell_it_like_it_is 11 years, 9 months ago

I remind myself it is Kansas in July and it is supposed to be this way. Its hot. Big deal. Suck it up and go on. We're lucky its not even worse.

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