You’ve felt it each time you’ve stepped outside the last few days. The sultry air is back! Temperatures have been building towards 90 degrees this week. Lexington’s temperature hit 91° this afternoon, making it the hottest day of the week, the month, and the year. It was also the first high of 90° or higher this month. There’s more steam heat where that came from.
High temperatures will continue to hover near the 90-degree mark into early next week. The heat will simmer with a sprawling ridge parked across most of the country. This expansive heat ridge is bringing a heat wave that stretches from the Desert Southwest to the East Coast. It has also displaced the jet stream. The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions will remain active with complexes of thunderstorms day after day.
A heat wave is defined as a period of abnormally hot temperatures lasting for two or more days. In Kentucky a heat wave is more times than not accompanied by uncomfortably humid as well. Average high temperatures at the end of June into early July are in the mid 80s. High temperatures will dance around 90 degrees through Tuesday. When you factor in the humidity, the heat index, or feels-like temperature, will be in the low to mid 90s. That’s some steam heat right there? Who’s got a pool big enough for us all to cool down?