Dangerous heat and storms for KAKEland

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Dangerous heat and humidity will precede afternoon storms across KAKEland that could be on the strong to severe side. Large hail and high wind will be the most likely threats with the late day storms that will also bring some beneficial rain and heat relief.

The first threat of the day will be the heat and it will be down right dangerous today across KAKEland with highs in the mid 90s to around 104 in the hottest spots in South Central and Southwest Kansas. The oppressive humidity will only compound the issue this afternoon with heat index values soaring to as high as 110°! Extreme caution should be used this afternoon if you plan to spend time outside. Drink plenty of water, wear light colored and light fitting clothes and try to take frequent breaks if you must be out.

The second threat of the day will be a chance of storms. During the morning hours a round of thunderstorms will exit Eastern Kansas and in its wake it will leave what we call a surface boundary. This boundary could enhance late day storms and act as a focal point for development. Storms that fire up in North and South Central Kansas this afternoon could quickly turn severe with large hail stones over 1” in diameter and wind gusts over 60mph. While numerous tornadoes are not expected we can’t completely rule one out with the strongest thunderstorms. During the evening hours showers and storms are also expected to push into Western Kansas out of Eastern Colorado. The storms across Western Kansas are not expected to be as potent but some small hail, gusty wind and torrential rain will still be possible.

The showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue past the midnight hour and through the morning drive Thursday. The overall severe weather threat is expected to diminish tonight into tomorrow morning. More showers and storms are expected across KAKEland through the end of the work week.

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