Tuesday Night Weather Briefing
It has been a case of another day, another 95 degree high on the thermometer. That makes six straight days in the 95-100+ range. Heat waves like this occur roughly every 10 years and funny thing is, this one has more leg power.
The tradeoff for the intense heat, afternoon and evening thunderstorms are cooling things down. This time, we watched Charleston drop from 95 to 74 as the storm passed. At the same time, the heat ventilated off the Kanawha Valley storm helped push Huntington to 97 degrees. That was within 2 degrees of the record of 99 set back in 1919.
By 8pm, Huntington and Charleston had a downpour with lightning, while Summer Motion in Ashland went scott free.
The most common severe effects from these heat quelling cells are street flooding and power hits.
As evening storms fade after sunset, the air will feel uncomfortably humid where it failed to rain, and moist and sticky where it did rain. Either way, a tropical summer night is ahead.
Independence Day will turn hot as the proverbial firecracker with enough hazy sun to propel the temperature to 85 by the end of the Lincoln County parade and 90 for the Ripley parade. The blazing heat will crest by late day near 95.
Again by afternoon and evening some thunderstorm action is inevitable. The placement and timing of the storms is something that can’t be done until the actual cells form. Just be prepared for a thunder delay of you have an outdoor barbecue planned.
Beyond Wednesday, a second shot of blazing heat will arrive Thursday into the weekend. Temperatures again can get close to 100 degrees by then.
Relief from the intense heat should arrive early next week when highs will likely remain in the 8os for a few days.