The holiday weekend is quickly approaching. The last several days we've been hitting hard the potential for record breaking heat. While Kentuckiana is no stranger to temperatures in the 90s we've yet to have a 90 degree day this year. What a better way to bring in the heat than to have several days in the 90s, right? :) If you love the Summer like heat this may be great...but when we throw in extremely humid conditions the expected heat may become dangerous.
I'm a Hoosier native, born just North of the river. Before coming to WAVE I worked in Indianapolis for a few years. I still have family in Indianapolis and my Father has always been a huge racing fan. I grew up on NASCAR and Indy car and while I may not watch it much anymore I'll always be proud that I've been to and grown up watching the Indianapolis 500! I remember as a child we'd have Indy 500 parties and all of the kids were able to choose names out of a hat and if you chose the winner you won a prize. It was a lot of fun! While the race obviously isn't in Louisville I can only imagine how many people will make the 2 hour drive Northward to Indianapolis. If you're starting to think about what you'll need to wear...what you need to bring. Let me just say this...water, light colored clothes, and sunscreen! This could end up being the hottest Indy 500 on record.
If you're not going to the big race and you plan to stick around here...we won't be spared from the heat. In fact record breaking heat is possible for us, too. Not only will the actual air temperature be toasty but combined with high humidity...and it will feel miserable for many.
With the humidity being as high as it's expected to get resulting in excessive "feels like" temps I imagine Air Quality alerts will be issued. As if the oppressive heat isn't dangerous enough when the air doesn't move it becomes increasingly dangerous...especially to the young and elderly. And please don't forget about your pets...it doesn't take much for them to overheat too. :)
When it gets this hot a pool, lake, or the Ohio become popular places. Any body of water to cool off in sounds good to me. But it's important to remember the sun angle has shifted since the Winter months and a sunburn will be as easy as 1 - 2 - 3. UV Index will be in the "very high" to "extreme" range...ranging from 8-11 Friday through Monday. Saturday and Sunday look to be the most severe of the days. Either way...if you're not wearing sunscreen it won't take more than 8-12 minutes to get burnt with UV readings this high.
We'll continue to update you on the heat over the next few days. Keep it here to WAVE 3 for the latest. Have a great day! :)