Wednesday, June 27th, 2012: High Heat & High Fire Dangers This Week...Low Rain Chances.
Good Wednesday morning! I hope your you enjoyed the cool start to the morning because we are cranking up the heat this week. North Central Kentucky already has a heat advisory in effect for Thursday afternoon...
But with temperatures across Central and Eastern Kentucky forecasted to get into the mid to upper 90s, it is possible this will be expanded.
The hot and dry desert air from the Southwest will be funneling into the Bluegrass state over the next several days. Forecast models are showing temperatures ranging from the mid 90s Thursday to even the upper 90s by Friday.
Forecasted Thursday afternoon temperatures.
Another factor for Thursday will be the "hair-dryer" southwesterly winds that will be picking up around 10-20 mph thanks to an approaching front.
Breezy winds, coupled with the dry ground and very dry air (relative humidity around 35%) will create a day of high wildfire danger.
A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for all of Eastern and Central Kentucky for Thursday.
Record high temperatures will be threatened Thursday and Friday...Some of us could even flirt with the triple digit mark. A June 100°+ has only occurred 9 times in Lexington. It has never occurred in Jackson or London.
As we talk about this extreme heat, keep in mind that this is not common for the month of June. This is more typical of August heat so our bodies need to get acclimated to this heat!
Take it easy and keep cool as we end the work week!