An excessive heat warning is scheduled to go into effect at noon Wednesday and continue through 8 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

An excessive heat warning is scheduled to go into effect at noon Wednesday and continue through 8 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Leavenworth County and its surrounding counties are included in the warning.

An excessive heat warning “means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur,” according to the written warning from the NWS.

“Hot and humid temperatures are expected to build this week and linger through Saturday across the region,” the warning states. “Air temperatures will reach near the triple digit mark by midweek, and heat indices may reach or exceed 105 to 110 degrees each afternoon Wednesday through Saturday.”

Leavenworth County Emergency Management Director Chuck Magaha said the excessive heat warning is considered to be more serious than the heat advisory that was issued last week.

The warning from the NWS encourages more people to drink “plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.”

The NWS also cautions that young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles.

“This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes,” the warning states.

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