An excessive heat warning is in effect for McPherson County and the surrounding area until 8 p.m. tonight.
The National Weather Service is predicting heat indices between 105 to 111 degrees today, with the highest indices to come in Southeast Kansas this afternoon to around sunset.
Dr. Robin Ikeda, the Acting director of the CDC's National Center for Environmental Health, says no one should die from a heat wave.
“But, every year, high temperatures kill more people than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes and floods combined,” Ikeda said.
The National Weather Service says, to help combat the extreme heat, drink plenty of water or other, non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic beverages. It is also recommended that you wear loose, lightweight clothing, find a place to cool off if you don't have air conditioning, and avoid spending time outside during the peak heat of the day, typically between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
“And state informed by tuning into heat alerts in your area,” Ikeda said. “And watching for symptoms like muscle cramping, heavy sweating, weakness, rapid heartbeat, nausea and fainting.”
The elderly, children and those with chronic health issues are most susceptible to the effects of the heat. Also check to make sure pets have plenty of water and shade if they can't be indoors.