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More Record Heat... Plus Isolated Strong T-Storms

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Updated: 7/05/2012 9:57 am
Thursday, July 5, 2012: Record Heat Continues... Isolated Strong T-Storms Possible

Good Thursday morning, folks!

I hope you had a FANTASTIC Independence Day.  Despite the hot weather, people came out in droves for the fireworks in Lexington, Georgetown and beyond, last night.  The t-storms stayed away (although if you looked north just before sunset from the Bluegrass area, you would have been able to see the towering cumulonimubs cloud tied to a severe thunderstorm just east of Cincinnati!)

The heat overachieved once again, yesterday, as readings soared to 99° in Lexington, breaking a 101 year old record.  Some other locations within central and eastern Kentucky set or tied records as well.

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As another day begins, we're gearing up for more heat.  Renea Holman shared this summer sunrise photo this morning.

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Today should be about as hot as yesterday, with record highs near 99°.  The old record in the books for July 5th is a fairly "flimsy" July record, at only 96° from 1948 and tied most recently in 1988.  We should be able to blast past that as the massive ridge of hot high pressure remains just to our west.

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Heat Advisories have been expanded to include not only central, but now all of eastern Kentucky as well, for the next few afternoons.  Excessive Heat Warnings have also been expanded to cover all of our northern and western counties.

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We really need rain.  Plants and flowers that are sustaining the heat are doing so with lots of extra watering.  The following photo of a white rose also comes from Renea Holman.

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There will be some isolated, strong thunderstorms during the heat of the day.  There will be some large gaps between the afternoon and evening storms, so a lot of real estate will stay dry.  However, some areas could easily see strong straight-line winds and large hail with today's storms.

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Be safe out there in the heat, and stay "weather-aware", as severe weather will be possible with any of the spotty late-day thunderstorms.

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Geoff

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