First Warning Forecast | The Heat Wave Peaks

100° feel this afternoon should be concerning.
Published: Aug. 24, 2021 at 5:55 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2021 at 9:08 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The fog didn’t last nearly as long as yesterday morning, and now we’re racing through the 70s and 80s in this bold sunshine. Like yesterday, the heat will be a concern this afternoon, reaching the 90s, but the ‘heat index’ will be near 100° or higher, denoting how the air really feels when the effects of humidity are added to it (official temperatures are actually measured in the shade). This is another day to take those heat precautions (stay hydrated; take breaks indoors; check the kids and pets, etc). We’ll see if we can get a few showers and storms to fire this afternoon, but most of us will end up dry. There are some lines and clusters of storms that have been brewing to our west, but it remains to be seen how well they’ll hold together as they approach. Our Ohio and WV Mountain counties are our best bet for some of those ‘pop-ups’. After sunset, temperatures will slide back into a more reasonable range, but it will remain muggy.

The coming days will feature a gradual crescendo of afternoon storms, going from the rare pop-up today to something much more likely by Friday. These storms can instead be a loud concerning downpour, but it will remain the only way to ease the heat across the region. Highs each day will make a run at 90-degrees or above. Friday is currently looking to be the more likely day a storm pops across your path, but of course ironically it might be the day folks might bargain the most for a dry one regardless of the heat, because of how many events are going on, not to mention the first night of Friday night football in West Virginia.

Moving on to the weekend, we’re still not really at much of a cooldown, with highs poised to still get to around 90° given plentiful sunshine, but we’ll still be tracking a pop-up storm or two each afternoon. Next week looks interesting as well, but because of a Tropical system that will move into the Gulf of Mexico. It’s too far out in the long range, to nail it in, but your first look at the coming week will be anticipating that tropical system eventually dragging its rains onshore and toward us.

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