Sultry Weekend for South, Then West

Stifling heat will persist across the Plains and Deep South this weekend before focusing on the West during the upcoming week.

The extreme heat across the regions may lead to health issues that can turn dangerous if left untreated. Those most sensitive to the heat should take the proper precautions to stay protected from the sweltering heat and sizzling sunshine.

Records will also be challenged on several occasions as the mercury climbs towards the triple digits.

Plains and Deep South

The extreme heat is expected to expand from the Plains into the Southeast on Saturday and remain in place through the second half of the weekend.

Temperatures are forecast to soar into the 90s from the Carolinas to Texas and into Nebraska on both Saturday and Sunday with some locations topping out above the 100-degree mark.

Factors such as humidity and the amount of sunshine will make it feel even hotter with RealFeel® temperatures climbing as high as 110 F in parts of the Plains during the afternoon.

The National Weather Service has already issued heat advisories and excessive heat warnings for portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri due to the expected intensity of the heat.

The morning hours may be the best time to fit in that outside exercise or accomplish outdoor work before the heat turns up during the afternoon.

Drinking plenty of water, avoiding strenuous activities and spending time in air conditioned areas are a few simple ways to beat the heat.


After focusing on the Plains and Southeast during the weekend, the heat is expected to shift over the West for the upcoming week.

Temperatures will range from the lower 90s to lower 100s across much of the interior West on Monday with similar conditions continuing through at least Wednesday.

While temperatures will rise quickly outside, they will rise even faster inside vehicles under the sizzling sunshine.

You should never leave children or animals unattended in a vehicle, even if you leave the window cracked.

A 10-month-old girl died after being left in a hot car in Wichita, Kansas, on Thursday night taking the total number of hot car related deaths to 18 so far in 2014 according to Jan Null, CCM at San Francisco State University.

Although much of the West will remain dry though Wednesday, spotty afternoon thunderstorms are forecast to develop each afternoon.

Given how dry it has been across the region over the past several weeks, lightning strikes from these thunderstorms may provide the spark for wildfires to ignite.

"The expanding drought across the southern and western parts of the United States this summer will continue to fuel wildfires." said Meteorologist Courtney Spamer.

Over a dozen wildfires continue to rage across the West following the recent heat wave.

The Buzzard Complex is one of the largest wildfires burning in the region, spanning over 395,000 acres.

The wildfire, which was ignited by a lightning strike on July 14, is now 95% contained according to InciWeb.

"Without storm systems to moisten the ground, the dry grass and timber will continue to be easy tinder for wildfires." said Spamer.