Your AC will be working overtime! The hot and dry pattern that we've been stuck in for weeks won't be breaking up even as we flip the calendar to October. A large dome of high pressure will encompass the entire southeastern US and most of the Ohio Valley. It's going to stay hot. So hot in fact that there will be several opportunities to tie or break daily record highs, especially on Tuesday and Wednesday. A new all-time warmest October temperature will likely be set as well. Lexington's hottest October day was October 6, 1941 when the mercury rose to 93°. We are forecasting highs to easily climb into the mid 90s Monday and Tuesday.
Some relief from the prolonged hot and dry pattern will arrive as a cold front passes through later in the week. It won't be a drought-buster. There will be small shower chances Thursday and Friday. We need days of soaking rain to alleviate the growing drought. There is more certainty that the front will cool things down considerably. Highs will go from the mid 90s early in the week to the mid 70s, more seasonal, by next weekend.