Several Days of Extreme Heat...updated 800 AM Tuesday

Once again Monday saw some record heat, though this time the records only were tied at Louisville and Lexington.  The mercury rose to 100 degrees at Louisville, tying the old record, which occurred back in 1925.  At Lexington, the high was 97 degrees, which also tied the previous record that occurred last in 1970.

Will records fall today and on the Fourth?  The current forecast, indicated below, says no, but we should be close.  Either way though it still will be hot.  Today will be just slightly cooler than the previous five days, and thus there are no heat products, advisories or warnings out.  Expect the Fourth to be a little warmer, and a Heat Advisory may be required. 


Tue Fcst

Tue Record

4th Fcst

4th Record

Bowling Green


102, 1897


102, 1874



101, 1897


100, 1934



98, 1911


98, 1911



104, 1911


102, 1911

 All-time highs for June and July:

  June July
Bowling Green 110° June 29, 2012 113° July 28, 1930
Frankfort 106° June 29, 1936 111° July 15, 1936
Lexington 104° June 29, 1936 108° July 10, 1936 and July 15, 1936
Louisville 105° June 29, 2012 107° July 24, 1901; July 28, 1930; July 14, 1936

 Safety Rules for Heat:

1)  Slow down.  Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, usually between 11 AM and 7 PM.

2)  Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.

3)  Foods that increase metabolic heat production and dehydration, such as proteins, should be avoided.

4)  Drink plenty of water!  Drink water even if you do not yet feel thirsty.

5)  Avoid alcoholic beverages.

6)  Do not increase your salt intake unless directed by a physician.

7)  Spend as much time in air conditioning as possible.

8)  Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Sunburn will make it that much more difficult for your body to dissipate heat. When spending time in the sun, use a sunscreen with a high SPF.

9)  If suffering symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, get medical attention immediately.

Additional Information on Heat

Beat the Heat -- Check the Back Seat!

Heat Index Chart

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