July is usually the hottest month of the year in Kansas, with average high temperatures reaching a peak of 94°F (34.4°C). Temperatures in Dodge City, Garden City, and Liberal in the west often cross 100°F (37.8°C). The heat index can assume life-threatening proportions with high humidity like that in the south-central areas of Wichita, Salina, and Russell. June has at least 25 sunny days with cloudy skies that bring 3" (76mm) to 5" (127mm) of rainfall. The heat demands light summer clothing as crowds throng near the numerous lakes, creeks, and rivers. Clear blue skies and vast acres of prairies extend as far as the eye can see. Avoid roaming in the afternoons under the scorching sun. Afternoons provide the perfect time to visit the museums and relax in the shade. Wind direction is from the south with speeds that cross 10mph (16.1km/h). Watch out for dust storms in July during dry periods at the peak of summer in Kansas.