Hot and humid conditions will persist through the rest of the week. An Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect through Friday for the entire area. High temperatures through Friday will be near 100 degrees with maximum afternoon heat index values around 110 degrees. The upper level ridge over the area, will occasionally be offset by low level moisture and instability, which should result in isolated to scattered shower and thunderstorm activity as well. The potential for added cloud cover and spotty thunderstorm activity could provide some temporary relief from the hot and humid conditions at a few locations.
Long term heat can be dangerous. Click here for a pamphlet detailing heat safety.
We have also created a short video presentation on heat here.
You can access a copy of the Heat Index Chart here.
First responders and those who care for others and animals should take into consideration this significant period of heat. Organizers of outside events need to keep a close eye on the forecast to determine potential needs of those attending the events. Most schools will be back in session, so school administrators need to keep updated on the latest forecast.
During periods of hot weather, remember to check on those who do not have air conditioners or a way to keep cool.
Remember the basics, drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. Try to plan any outdoor activities in the early morning or later in the evening when the temperatures are lower. If you have to be outside, take frequent breaks and try to stay out of the sun.
Normal highs are in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees. Normal lows are in the upper 60s.
Other hot weather facts:
We average about 38 days each summer with high temperatures above 90 degrees.
So far this season:
As of August 10, Paducah has had 22 consecutive days with highs above 90, making a total of 48 days with high temperatures above 90 this season. Evansville has had a total of 45 days above 90.
Other information for Paducah
BELOW IS A LIST OF DATES ON WHICH TEMPERATURES HAVE REACHED AT
LEAST 104 DEGREES IN PADUCAH SINCE RECORDS BECAME ESTABLISHED IN
HIGH... DATES OF OCCURRENCE
106.... 7/28/1952, 6/30/1952, 8/04/1947
105.... 8/16/2007, 7/14/1966, 7/13/1966, 6/29/1952, 6/28/1952
104.... 8/17/1988, 8/04/1964, 9/05/1954, 6/27/1954, 8/06/1947,
8/05/1947, 8/03/1947, 7/25/1945, 8/27/1943, 8/26/1943,
More heat related statistics
...STATISTICS ABOUT OUR UNUSUALLY HOT SUMMER...
WHILE HOT AND HUMID WEATHER IS THE NORM FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR, THE
DEGREE OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY THIS SUMMER CONTINUES TO MOUNT A CHARGE
AT THE RECORD BOOKS.
ONE OF THESE IS THE NUMBER OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS AT OR ABOVE 90
DEGREES. AS OF AUGUST 10TH, THE FOLLOWING IS THE NUMBER OF
CONSECUTIVE DAYS AT OR ABOVE 90...
OBSERVATION SITE TOTAL RECORD/YEAR CURRENT RANKING
EVANSVILLE... 8 31 / 2007 93
PADUCAH... 22 38 / 1993 6
POPLAR BLUFF... 8 20 / 2007 10
THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DAYS THESE AREAS HAVE REACHED 90 DEGREES OR
OBSERVATION SITE TOTAL RECORD/YEAR
EVANSVILLE... 45 78 / 1953,54
PADUCAH... 48 81 / 1953
POPLAR BLUFF... 58 58 / 2010
POPLAR BLUFF`S RECORDS ONLY GO AS FAR BACK AS 2000, BUT SO FAR THIS
HAS BEEN THE HOTTEST YEAR FOR THEM WITH 58 CONSECUTIVE DAYS AT OR
AND HERE ARE THE 3 HOTTEST DAYS OF THE 2010 SUMMER...
CAPE GIRARDEAU MO...101 - AUGUST 4
CARBONDALE IL.......103 - AUGUST 4
DUQUOIN IL..........101 - AUGUST 4
EVANSVILLE IN.......102 - AUGUST 4
*HOPKINSVILLE KY....101 - AUGUST 4
*MURRAY KY..........103 - AUGUST 3 & 4
PADUCAH KY..........104 - AUGUST 3 & 4
POPLAR BLUFF MO.....102 - AUGUST 4 & 5
*PROVIDENCE KY......104 - AUGUST 5
*KENTUCKY MESONET SITES.
THE HEAT IS FORECAST TO REMAIN WITH US AND TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED
TO AVERAGE ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE NEXT WEEK. IN FACT THE LATEST 6 TO
10 AND 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOKS CONTINUE TO PROJECT ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES ACROSS OUR REGION.