An Excessive Heat Warning will go into effect for nearly all of the WAVE 3 viewing area tomorrow at noon. This warning will remain in place through 9 PM on Saturday. This is a good indication of how long this stretch of dangerous heat is expected to last. Our far South and Eastern counties will be under a Heat Advisory through Saturday. Don't be fooled though...if you're able to watch us on tv it will feel incredibly hot for EVERYONE for several days.
Today ended the 5 day triple digit heat stretch...we hit 97 degrees. To hit home the point of how hot it is...heat index readings ranged between 100-105 today. So despite actual air temps in the mid to upper 90s 60/70 dew points and increased humidity makes it feel much hotter. This 2 week stretch (starting last week and including the rest of this week) will rival that of the dust bowl in 1936. In 1936 the 100 degree stretch was 8 days...however, with the expection of today and possibly tomorrow the 100s will pick back up where they left off last weekend. Bottom line...it will be HOT!
High pressure will continue to strengthen around the area tomorrow and the rest of the week. So storm chances will remain small, especially compared to the last several days. With the peek heating of the day tomorrow a 20% chance of a pop up storm can't be ruled out...but most of us should stay dry. We'll watch STORM CUTTER HD radar closely. Any storm that develops will be small, heavy rain producers, frequent lightning, and gusty winds.
As we loose the daytime heating storm chances decrease even more. By 8:00 PM tomorrow evening an isolated storm can't be ruled out. We cool things down and storm chances will come to an end. Remember...nearly 90-95% of the WAVE 3 viewing area will remain dry. With the dry weather increased fire threat is possible. A complete list of burn bans can be found on WAVE3.com.
Have a safe and Happy 4th of July. See you back here at 5pm on WAVE 3 news.