July is bringing the heat! We are tracking highs in the 90s almost everyday this week. The "heat dome" will remain in control of the forecast across the eastern half of the US through the first week of July. The humidity will be on the oppressive side too. We will see the heat index near the triple digits once again around the 4th of July.
A secondary story line this week will be storm chances. For the most part we are tracking daily chances for pop-up, garden-variety thunderstorms. A slightly better chance for storms will come at the beginning and end of the week. A cold front currently sweeping through the Midwest will try to break through the heat dome over the Ohio Valley. Spoiler alert, it won’t have much luck. But there will still be plenty of moisture and instability across the Bluegrass to fuel a few more thunderstorms Monday. Very similar to what we experienced this afternoon, most storms will be garden-variety (non-severe) but will be capable of producing torrential rain, gusty winds, and a lot of rain. Another round of storms will arrive by start of next weekend. This week’s storms will *try* and cool us down a bit. We are tracking highs in the mid to upper 80s on the days with isolated to scattered thunderstorm chances (Monday, Friday, and Saturday.)