The hottest temperatures so far this year occurred Sunday, with many locations reaching the 90s. The high temperature at Louisville was 93 degrees, which is two degrees shy of the record high for the date, 95 degrees set back in 1911. At Lexington, the high was 88 degrees, well below the record of 94 set back in 1941. Bowling Green also reached 93 degrees, but that also was several degrees below the record of 98 set back in 1911. The map below shows an approximation of high temperatures across central Kentucky and southern Indiana.
The forecast for Memorial Day includes warmer temperatures, with readings expected to be 2-4 degrees warmer than Sunday. The forecast temperatures for today are illustrated in the image below. With temperatures this warm and humidity being relatively high, expect heat indices in the mid to upper 90s. Those planning outdoor activities on this holiday should avoid strenuous work, especially during the afternoon and early evening hours. Drink plenty of water and wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to keep your body cool.
Should the forecast temperatures above verify, some records would be tied or set. The record for the warmest May 30th at Louisville is 94 degrees, which occurred in 1895. At Lexington, the record is 92 degrees, which last occurred in 1953. The record for Bowling Green is a little warmer, 97 degrees, which occurred back in 1911.
Warm weather looks to continue through the week, with high temperatures in 90s each day, though the Bluegrass region may dip back into the 80s Wednesday and Thursday