A Break Before A Heat Wave

Good Monday to one and all. We are coming off a hot and Dry Sunday across our region as our thermometers hit their highest marks of the year, so far. We have a bit of a break coming over the next few days and you had better enjoy it. A major heat wave looks to be brewing by the end of the week into the coming weekend.

A cold front is crossing the state today and won’t have much juice to work with. A scattered shower or thunderstorm can’t be ruled out, but most areas will remain dry. Highs will be location dependent. The north will see temps in the upper 70s and low 80s with near 90 across the far south.  Here’s your Monday edition of weather trackers:

Current Temps

Tuesday’s weather looks fantastic with highs generally running in the 70s with mostly sunny skies.

The cool down is getting bullied a bit by Tropical Storm Debby down in the gulf and an expanding heat ridge out west. Debby is lashing much of Florida and the eastern gulf states today. This system won’t allow for the jet stream to dig far enough south for the cooler temps to stick around for more than a day or two.

A heat wave looks to expand into the Ohio Valley by Thursday and Friday and carry us into the coming weekend. The parched ground is now helping to maximize any air mass that moves over it. Look at the numbers coming from the GFS:

This doesn’t look like a very humid pattern, but more like a blast of desert air. There’s the chance we spend a few days close to record highs and this will be just in time for the big NASCAR weekend at the Kentucky Speedway.

I will also be keeping an eye on Debbie. Any deviation in the forecast track of what’s left of the storm could mean some changes at some point late this week.

Have a great Monday and take care.

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