Hot and dry pattern persists

Heat wave isn't helping the drought problem.
Posted at 2:27 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 18:47:37-04

We are in need of cooler days and some rain. This heat wave is just adding to our already dry conditions. The latest drought monitor has placed parts of the area in a moderate drought. The situation doesn't look to be improving anytime real soon.

Tomorrow will be another scorcher with highs in the mid 90s. The record in Lexington is 99°; that looks to stay in tact. Aside from the dominant southeastern ridge, there is also a cold front on our weather map. This boundary will be running out of gas as it approaches the Bluegrass late Friday. It's going to take a lot of energy for this front to overcome the strong hold that high pressure currently has over the region. Second part, the front will be running low on moisture. Isolated thundershowers are possible Friday night through early Saturday. All activity will wrap up in time for tailgating, and certainly by kickoff against Florida. The other good news is that the front will bring some temporary relief. The weekend will begin "cooler" with highs in the mid 80s and lower humidity. But we'll be right back into the hot stuff by Sunday. The temperature trend remains above-normal throughout next week. Temperatures will cool down a touch on days with storm chances at the end of the week. These isolated to scattered storm chances will do a little to help our growing drought problem, but what we really need is a soaking rain to re-hydrate the soil.