Summer heat settles in for the final few days of spring

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Afternoon highs should be well into the 90s the next few days with heat indices flirting with the 100 degree mark

It was a hot and humid start to the week across Central and Eastern Kentucky with temperatures and humidity levels more indicative of July or August instead of mid-June. Ironically we are in the home stretch for closing out the spring season over the next few days as an early heat wave builds into the eastern part of the country. With a mix of clouds and sunshine, afternoon highs reached the low 90s Monday plus factoring in the humidity the heat index values were around 100 in a few spots.

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Expect more of the same heading into Tuesday as high pressure along with the big ridge of heat settles into areas east of the Mississippi River. Once again highs will cruise back into the low 90s with the humidity still pushing heat indices into the upper 90s to around 100. There should be enough moisture around with the heating of the day to fire off a few isolated storms which could produce some very localized heavy rain and gusty wind but these should be few and far between.

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For the Juneteenth holiday on Wednesday and the kick off of the summer season late Thursday, the overall pattern will be unchanged other than a small reduction in the humidity levels. While this will keep our heat index values a bit lower, it will also allow temperatures to increase a bit so highs should climb into the mid-90s so it’s really going to feel like summer with the summer solstice occurring at 4:50 P.M. Eastern time on Thursday so be prepared for that even with slightly “drier” air in place.

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Keep in mind over the next few days we’ll be a few degrees short of reaching the “Heat Advisory” criteria (with the exception of a few counties in far Northern Kentucky) but you’ll definitely want to take it easy during the hottest part of the day. The last time we saw consecutive days with highs of at least 90 degrees or higher was all the way back during Labor Day weekend last September, some 10 months ago. Jumping back into the heat and humidity quickly doesn’t give our bodies much of a chance to get acclimated to the oppressive conditions so don’t forget the heat safety tips and use some common sense.

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ABC 36 HOUR FORECAST
MONDAY NIGHT: Fair skies, warm and muggy. Lows in the low-70s.
TUESDAY: Hot and humid, isolated P.M. storms. Highs in the low-90s.
TUESDAY NIGHT: Still warm and muggy. Lows in the low-70s.





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