First Warning Forecast | Near Record Breaking Heat Incoming

Make Sure To Stay Hydrated & Get Inside If You Start To Feel Dizzy.
First Warning Forecast
Published: May. 19, 2022 at 6:53 PM EDT|Updated: May. 20, 2022 at 12:34 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - It looks like our showers are pulling away, with sunshine set to fill back in and become dominant this afternoon. When combined with a strengthening southerly breeze, we’ll be soaring through the 80s by lunch time on our way to temperatures 90-degrees and hotter for a few different hours this afternoon. You’re going to need to take those mid-summer precautions for this one. Stay hydrated, take frequent breaks from being outdoors (hopefully in the actual ‘A-C’), and always check the child car seats when exiting your vehicle. This will be more routine as we get deeper in the summertime, but these first runs with the heat can be tricky if you’re not prepared, particularly at the ballgames and track-meet we’ve got going on. We’ll still be in the 80s through the evening, so plan to be hot during “Main Street Live” (in Pikeville) and “9th Street Live” (in Huntington) as we kick off some area summer concert series. It stays rather uncomfortably warm overnight at those campgrounds as well, taking all the way until sunrise Saturday to finally drop to around 70°.

Saturday itself will also feature the 90-degree heat with decent sunshine, but also a few ‘pop-up’ thunderstorms that will develop in response to said heat. In a way, it’s “nature’s air conditioner”, birthed by the heat and briefly dropping the temperature by way of a downpour. Essentially, we’d be looking at 90-degree heat for days unless/until we get a frontal system in here to cool things down. That day will be Sunday. The timing will be key as far as how hot it will get, but currently the afternoon hours on Sunday will be the focus. Unfortunately for the outdoor graduation parties, that may not be the greatest news. It’s a trade-off that we’ll end up making a lot as we get to summer-- Do you want the heat, or do you want the storms?

Monday will see those temperature hold back in the 60s to near 70, with a few lingering showers in the southern counties. It will be a refreshing change despite the rain risks. It will stay rather humid into the middle of next week, spitting out a few showers each day, mainly in the southern mountains. We’ll be back in the 80s by Wednesday, before our next system comes through on Thursday to cool us down again.

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