Summertime temperatures will be hitting the region during the next week.
Wesley Hovorka, a meteorologist with the Dodge City National Weather Service, said the Hays area will see 100-degree readings starting today.
“That’s looking to continue through possibly Sunday before only going back down to the upper 90s on Monday,” he said.
Record highs are not expected, however. There likely won’t be a chance of storms until early next week.
Humidity levels will be in the upper 50s and lower 60s, which might be of concern as wheat harvest moves into the region.
“That could affect the cutting of wheat in the morning. It might take a little bit longer for the wheat to dry out, and then in the evening it might moisten up a little faster,” Hovorka said. “But with no precipitation, it looks like the afternoon would be good for the harvesters.”
Stacy Campbell, Ellis County agricultural agent for Kansas State University Research and Extension, said harvest could begin here as early as Thursday in fields with sandier soil.
He expects harvest will be good for most growers.
“With all this rain we’ve had, we should have some good wheat,” he said. “It will probably be an above-average harvest.”
With the high temperatures, precautions should be taken for those working or exercising outdoors. Kansas State University Research and Extension has the following tips:
• Drink enough fluids. Drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol or caffeinated drinks, which promote fluid loss.
• Slow down. Give your body time to adapt to the heat.
• Wear proper clothing. Choose lightweight, loose fitting clothing that allows sweat to evaporate.
• Know when to call it quits. Watch for signs of heat-related illness: headache, weakness, muscle cramps, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, and rapid heartbeat.