Archive for Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Heat wave continues with fourth straight day of triple-digit temperatures

An excessive heat warning is still in effect through 8 p.m. Friday.

Danny Easum wipes his brow in front of a fan at Ace Brake and Steering, 541 Minnesota, on Wednesday, August 11, 2010.

Danny Easum wipes his brow in front of a fan at Ace Brake and Steering, 541 Minnesota, on Wednesday, August 11, 2010.

August 11, 2010, 12:00 a.m. Updated August 11, 2010, 3:14 p.m.


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Bill Irving, golf course superintendent at the Lawrence Country Club, discusses keeping the grass watered during the current heat wave. Enlarge video

Temperatures climbed above 100 degrees for the fourth straight day Wednesday, bringing little relief from this week’s brutal heat wave.

And the misery is only expected to continue, according to the National Weather Service, which has extended the excessive heat warning until 8 p.m. Friday.

Temperatures could reach 100 degrees, with heat indexes in the 115-degree range, through the remainder of the work week.

Blistering heat may be dangerous during the day, but what makes this heat wave especially hard to tolerate are high overnight humidity levels coupled with overnight temperatures that aren’t dropping as much as they had been, according to state climatologist Mary Knapp.

Knapp says although our high temperature peaks in the late afternoon, heat indices will be at their highest in the middle of the night. So if you’re expecting a break from the heat during overnight hours, it isn’t happening.

“People can tolerate higher temps during the day, but we’re not getting relief at night with temperatures and dew points staying high,” Knapp said.

This type of heat wave is particularly dangerous in an urban environment, where concrete and asphalt heat up the ground.

We may see lower temperatures next week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will feel cooler outside.

“The big question will be: Does that 89- or 90-degree day come with lower humidity,” Knapp said. “If the dew point is in the 76- to 79-degree range, the relief may not be as noticeable as we would like.”


izzybear 7 years, 8 months ago

i don't know but isn't today wend. the 11th i think you got your days confused

wmathews 7 years, 8 months ago

The date was originally listed incorrectly in the story. I've updated it now, and you should see the fix if you refresh your page.

Whitney Mathews Online Editor

mr_right_wing 7 years, 8 months ago

The Weststar executives must be giddy...

Last fall they were moaning about profits being down because of a mild summer.

But then a record cold winter, and now what may be a record hot summer....

= hog heaven!

Danielle Brunin 7 years, 8 months ago

At the risk of being "that person," the business mentioned is "Ace Brake and Steering," not "Break." That's kind of an ominous foreshadowing for a brake mechanic. ;)

wmathews 7 years, 8 months ago

Looks like it's been corrected. Thanks for being "that person!" We appreciate it. :)

kernal 7 years, 8 months ago

Death Valley is @ 102 with heat index of 97 while Lawrence is 98 with heat index of 110. Dang!

Adrienne Sanders 7 years, 8 months ago

I am pretty sure that even if it's 90 degrees with higher humidity, it still will feel better than 101 with 115 degree heat index.

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