HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) – It’s turning into one of the hottest weeks we’ve seen so far this year, so continue to find ways to stay cool.
today and tonight
The weather outside can be summed up in one word that will only get worse as the day goes on: congestion. We will start the day with air temperatures in the mid 70s with air you can use. As the sun rises, temperatures will soar. Dew points never left the 70’s throughout the night and will remain there throughout the day.
We broke our first heat record of the week on Monday with a high of 94 at both NWS Jackson and London-Corbin Airport. Those topped the 91-degree reading set in both locations in 2000. The current record in Jackson is 90. Not only are we looking to break that one, but we could break it by six degrees if we hit our forecast high of 96. A heat advisory comes in in effect for most of the region beginning at 2 p.m. as the heat index will begin to hit the 105-degree mark. An Excessive Heat Watch begins at noon for our neighbors to the north.
Weather wise, we will be mostly dry with a mix of sun and clouds. Pop-ups may appear in the heat of the day this afternoon.
Tonight, we go out, but we remain sultry. Temperatures will only drop into the mid-upper 70s.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms return to the forecast on Wednesday and will carry us through the remainder of the work week. The heat won’t go anywhere either. Wednesday’s highs will peak in the mid-upper 90s before cooling to the lows in the mid-90s on Thursday and around the mid-90s on Friday. While Friday will be close to a record high, Wednesday and Thursday will definitely break more records if we reach our forecast high.
The heat advisory continues for most through Wednesday night at 8 p.m.
Thanks to a front that passed on Friday, we have a break from the heat this weekend. Saturday and Sunday highs look to be in the 80s, even under mostly sunny skies. I think we also stay mostly dry.
We cannot stress enough the need to protect you and your pets from the heat. Here are some tips you can follow to help avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke. If you have pets outside, do your best to bring them inside. If you can’t, make sure they have plenty of water and somewhere where they can get out of direct sunlight.
Stay safe and cool!
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