Heat Wave Ahead… 4th of July Forecast… Wednesday Update 5pm

Good Monday afternoon to you! Conditions will remain very hot over the next few days, as highs continue to climb over the century mark. Look for the heat wave to continue and become life threatening as we move into the pre 4th of July weekend. The intense summer ridge is positioned west of Alabama this afternoon, but the ridge is building east and will basically sit on top of Alabama for a several days.

Many of us stayed below the 100 degree mark this afternoon due to a lingering trough across the east and northeast. The trough is moving out and the ridge is building in behind it. Look for skies to remain sunny through sunset and clear overnight. Temperatures will reach the 90 degree mark at 7pm, then the 80 degree mark at the 10pm hour. Lows will fall into the middle 60s before daybreak tomorrow morning. It will feel pleasant tonight and early tomorrow, but conditions will get very hot for the rest of the week and into the weekend. As heights increase, highs will warm into the 100 to 103 degree range on Thursday under a sunny sky. The ridge will suppress the air over our area, so storms are unlikely through the weekend. I can’t rule out a stray shower, but the risk is low. Heights will continue to increase on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so afternoon temperatures will reflect that. Look for highs to reach the 104 to 106 degree range on Friday through Monday. Conditions will also become muggy, so temperatures at night will only fall into the lower 70s. With muggy weather across the area, you’ll notice the heat index over the weekend and early next week reaching the 110 to 115 degree range.

Please use caution if you are working outdoors Thursday through next Wednesday. Drink lots of water and stay hydrated. If you can avoid working outdoors between 10am and 5pm, you will reduce the risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Temperatures will stay at or above 100 through next Wednesday.

Your 4th of July plans are looking very hot, with highs near 103. Heat index values will range between 110 and 115 degrees. The risk of rain is less than 10%, and skies will remain mostly sunny. Don’t forget that the ground is very dry, so there may be some issues with fire or fireworks in your area at that point.

The tropics are becoming a little more quiet, but we are still watching what’s left of tropical storm Debby. That system is now east of Florida and continues to move east. There is another area of concern well out in the central Atlantic. That system has lots of time to watch, and there are no signs of it developing into a tropical storm over the next 24 to 36 hours.

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Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

rscott@wvuatv.com

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