Lawrence Faces Excessive Heat Warning Through Wednesday – Lawrence Times

Lawrence Faces Excessive Heat Warning Through Wednesday – Lawrence Times

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It is expected to be dangerously hot in Lawrence over the next few days, according to the National Weather Service office in Topeka.

An extreme heat warning will be in effect for Douglas County and most of eastern Kansas from noon Saturday, August 19 until 10 p.m. Wednesday, August 23.

Temperatures are expected to range between 100 degrees and 110 degrees, with vertical indices of 102 degrees to 112 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight lows are expected to be 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 have to be outside. Temperatures inside cars can become deadly in minutes, and no one should be left unattended in a vehicle.

“An extreme heat warning means that an extended period of dangerously hot weather is expected, during which heat illness is possible,” according to the NWS. “Postpone any non-essential outdoor activities during the afternoon and afternoon. Stay in an air-conditioned building and check on relatives and neighbors.

Recreation centers are available in Lawrence for those who need to get out of the heat. Cooling centers include the Community Building, 115 West 11th Street; East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 E. 15th St.; and Holcomb Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th Street.

Centers are open from 10am to 4pm on Sundays, 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 6pm on Saturdays, except for Holcomb Park Recreation Centre, which opens one hour later at 10am on Saturdays , according to the city's website.

Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane, will be closed for maintenance from Monday, August 21 until Wednesday, August 30, but will remain open from 7am to 6pm on Saturday, August 19, and 1 to 9pm Sunday, August 20.

City buses are also air-conditioned, and anyone can ride for free this year. Check bus routes and schedules at

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Extreme weather resources

Local Office of the National Weather Service (Topeka):
Find the latest weather forecast information and severe weather warnings for the Lawrence area on this link.

If severe weather changes quickly, such as hurricanes, the NWS posts frequent updates on Twitter, @NWSTopeka. You don't need a Twitter account to see Tweets from the NWS.

NWS is also on Facebook,

Call 785-234-2592 to hear the forecast.

Douglas County Emergency Management:
He follows @DgCoEM on Twitter or Douglas County, Kansas – Emergency Management on Facebook,

Sign up to receive emergency alerts on

You can find lots of advice about severe weather and other emergency preparations on the DgCoEM website at

Report storm damage (for non-emergencies only, and after the storm danger has passed) via Who is this.

Severe outages:
Check power outage status on Evergy's power outage map,

Report a power outage on call 800-544-4857.

Snow information in Lawrence:
The city has snow information and a map Displays information about road conditions and snowfall locations. The city typically begins snow and ice control on residential roads when two or more inches of snow or ice occur.

Air quality:
Check the current air quality index in Lawrence and elsewhere through AirNow,

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