Happy Monday, folks! Summer heat returned to the area in full force yesterday (8/20) and will remain through Friday. Looking at this afternoon, high temperatures have risen into the upper 80s to low 90s for just about everyone. Exceptionally muggy air has pushed heat indices well over the century mark across Western KY. I've already seen the Union County Mesonet station hit 114! Unfortunately, today and Sunday may feel "comfortable" compared to where we're going.
Excessive Heat Warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service for all counties west of I-65 (map below) and a handful into the western Bluegrass. These headlines will last through Thursday night at 11PM EDT. Highs in the mid to upper 90s will be commonplace, although clouds have helped out a bit today. Combined with high humidity, look for heat indices in the 105 to 115 range.
Don't think you're out of the woods if you live east of I-65! You'll still be rising into the low to mid 90s on a daily basis. Humidity won't be quite as high, but it'll still be hot, nonetheless! While the current Heat Advisory expires this evening at 9PM EDT, additional advisories will likely be issued this week.