Heat advisory in effect Monday and Tuesday in Lawrence; watch for signs of heat-related illness

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A heat advisory will be in effect noon Monday through 8 p.m. Tuesday in Lawrence and Douglas County because of dangerously high heat indices and little overnight relief in the forecast.

Monday is expected to be sunny and hot with a high of 100° but a heat index as high as 109°, according to the National Weather Service in Topeka.

Night time will likely not bring much relief from the heat as the overnight low is expected to be 78°, according to NWS. There’s a 20% to 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms overnight and Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday night into Wednesday, the forecast shows a 60% chance of precipitation and an overnight low of 71°.

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Wednesday is expected to be slightly less hot, with a high near 88°, according to NWS.

The forecast for the rest of the week, as of just before noon Monday, showed high temperatures in the 80s and 90s.

“Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke,” according to the NWS advisory. “Take extra precautions when outside. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing. Try to limit strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Take action when you see symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.”

Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness, clammy skin, a fast and weak pulse, muscle cramps, dizziness, nausea and more, according to NWS. The person should move to a cooler environment, loosen their clothing and take sips of water.

Anyone experiencing signs of heat stroke — confusion, combativeness, seizures, slurred speech, headaches, nausea, a strong, rapid pulse and fainting, among others — should be moved to a cooler environment immediately, and someone should call 911. Heat stroke can quickly cause death or permanent disabilities.

“Using a fan to blow air in someone’s direction may actually make them hotter if heat index temperatures are above the 90s,” according to the NWS.

See more about heat-related illnesses on the NWS website at weather.gov/safety/heat-illness.

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