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Suddenly Summer

Posted at 6:26 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 18:26:25-04

Earlier this week you may have been tempted to flip the heat back on. Now it’s all about the AC. Summer has arrived in the Bluegrass!

A very summery look to the forecast has developed. Summer is here, and it’s going to stay a while with a high parked across the Southeast and a ridge that is punched northward into the Great Lakes region. At the risk of sounding like Bill Hader’s SNL character Stefan, this weekend will have everything – heat, humidity, and some pop-up thunderstorms.


We already got a taste of the pre-summer heat. Today was Lexington’s warmest day of the year with a high of 87°. Highs will be in the ballpark again Saturday. We’ll shave a few degrees off Sunday. The well above-normal temperatures will live on into next week.


The muggies are also making a comeback. The dew point, which is a measure of the amount of atmospheric moisture and a good indicator of how it feels, was in the low and mid 60s this afternoon. It gets “muggy” and you start to “feel the air” once the dew point crosses 65-degree threshold. Dew points will be in the humid category throughout the weekend.


What’s a summer day in the Commonwealth without at pop-up storm chance? Much like we saw today, storms will blossom late in the day and will be fairly hit or miss in coverage. Northern Kentucky got the action today. The potential will be there area-wide on Saturday. Storm chances will ramp up a bit Sunday as a cold front approaches from the west. Despite the storm chances this will be a great “first” weekend of summer.