Steamy for Memorial Day Weekend

Posted at 8:00 AM, May 25, 2019

The summer pattern continues with more heat, humidity, and isolated pop-up thunderstorms. As of now, we’re only seeing a few small showers and one leftover thundershower, which will continue to fizzle out. Temperatures haven’t cooled much and reside in the mid to upper 60s or low 70s across Central and Eastern Kentucky. We will be heating up quickly today and expect a rinse and repeat.  
Memorial Day is often referred to as the “unofficial start to summer,” however, we can pretty much just say summer has begun. In fact, we’ve been dealing with summer heat for almost a week now. With the summer heat comes summer humidity and you can certainly feel it in the afternoons. Heat indices have been running in the mid-90s each afternoon. The only relief from the heat is a small chance for a few passing showers or t-showers. These have been mostly isolated and will continue to be through the extended period. If you get caught under one, a few lightning strikes and a heavy downpour is about the extent of it. Severe storms are only expected near and along the Ohio over the course of the weekend. Memorial Day is still set up to be mostly dry thanks to the continued high pressure. Still, a few isolated pop-up storms are possible, so keep an ear to the sky if you plan to be outdoors. Exit the water if you hear thunder and let the storm pass before getting back in. Also, practice hot weather safety by drinking plenty of water and seeking shade as often as possible.