Lawrence is expected to be dangerously hot over the next several days, according to the National Weather Service office in Topeka.
An excessive heat warning will be in effect for Douglas County and most of eastern Kansas from noon Saturday, Aug. 19 through 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23.
Temperatures are expected to be between 100° and 110°, with head indices of 102° to 112°, according to NWS. Nighttime lows were forecasted in the upper 70s as of Friday evening.
The NWS warns that people should drink plenty of water and wear light, loose-fitting clothing if they must be outside. Temperatures inside cars can become lethal in minutes, and no one should be left unattended in a vehicle.
“An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot weather is expected, during which heat illnesses are likely,” according to NWS. “Postpone any non-essential outdoor activities during the midday and afternoon. Stay in an air-conditioned building and check up on relatives and neighbors.”
The City of Lawrence recreation centers are available for those who need to get out of the heat. Cooling centers include the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St.; East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 E. 15th St.; and Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St.
Centers are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, with the exception of Holcom Park rec center, which opens one hour later at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, according to the city’s website.
Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane, will be closed for maintenance Monday, Aug. 21 through Wednesday, Aug. 30, but it will still be available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, and from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20.