Excessive Heat Warning This Weekend

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Heat index values of up to 105 to 108 due to afternoon temperatures from the upper 90s in southeast Kansas and 100 to near 105 in south central and central Kansas thru Friday.

In coastal areas, it could feel even hotter, up to 110 degrees, forecasters say.

An Excessive Heat Watch is issued when prolonged periods of hot weather are expected. As the front pulls away to the east, the heat will ride gusty southwest winds into our area.

Tallahassee could be on course to have 50 days per year with a heat index above 105° by 2036, according to a recent study.

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By late-century, with slow action on climate change, Staten Island would experience 55 days per year with a heat index exceeding 90 degrees, 17 days with a heat index exceeding 100 degrees and seven days with a heat index over 105 degrees.

At this time of year, normal high temperatures reach about 90 degrees at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, records show.

They said this failure to reduce emissions could set the country on a path to soaring temperatures including conditions so far in excess of current climate trends they will surpass the heat index.

On its website, the NWS said a "dangerous and widespread summer heatwave" is caused by a "large dome of high pressure that will allow high temperatures to surge into the 90s and 100s in many locations".

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In addition to health concerns, extreme temperatures also pose a threat to livestock.

"We have little to no experience with "off-the-charts" heat in the U.S.", Erika Spanger-Siegfried, lead climate analyst at UCS and co-author of the report, said in a statement. With high levels of humidity, we're looking at a heat index of 95°.

Under such conditions, it becomes hard for the human body to cool down and recuperate, which can take a cumulative toll over a period of several days.

And historically, there have been zero days per year on average with a heat index above 100 degrees.

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The health implications are considerable: More than 600 people a year in the US die due to extreme heat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This would increase to 29 days per year on average by mid-century and 58 by the century's end, it found.

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