First Warning Forecast | Hottest Days Of 2021, So Far
“Heat Advisory” In Effect This Afternoon
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The day started with sunshine and rain-free skies, and as a result temperatures are already soaring through the 70s and 80s before lunch-time. Most of the afternoon will be in the 90s, with the mid-90s measured in the shade. Once you factor in the influence of humidity, it will feel more like 100°- 105°F ... essentially the reason for the Heat Advisory. Take the precautions we always talk about in the summer months, as it can be dangerous for those afternoon practices and for the outdoor road and grounds crews. Stay hydrated (with water), take breaks in air conditioning, and check up on your neighbors that might not have access to the A-C. The atmosphere is well-capped today, not allowing for storm formation the way we’ve seen in the last few days. That’s not to say it’s impossible-- if it gets hot enough it will just happen, but do not expect as many storms, if any to reach your garden today. There will be some storms trying to drop in later in the evening or overnight from the central Ohio Valley, but it will be too late to keep this heat at bay. Pullman Square’s concert tonight will still be in the 80s throughout its duration, and the same for the main events at our three county fairs. Friday presents a little bit easier opportunity for those pop-up showers and storms to form, and as such we’ll try to stay on the lower side of the 90s.
An actual cool-down will arrive on Saturday, which will be a pleasant aspect to the weekend’s weather. The rest may not be so pleasant, depending on what you’re looking for. There are some areas that still have managed to be missed by all these roaming thunderstorms this week and remain parched and desperate for rain. Well if that’s you, you’re in luck. We’re all going to be seeing some passing showers and storms on Saturday. A frontal system will drop through, but stall out in our southern counties on Sunday (keeping the risk of rain and cooler temperatures alive down there). On Monday this same front will slowly inch back northward (bringing scattered showers and storms with it).
Tuesday and Wednesday of next week remain something to keep an eye on, as the remnants of what is currently “Fred” is projected to come up through the Appalachian corridor. Seeing that this is several days away (and “Fred” is still moving through the Caribbean), we’ve got a lot of time to watch a situation that can easily change. If all goes according to plan though, Friday may be our last day in the 90s for a while.
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