Heat Records Could Fall
No change in the forecast as we stay hotter than average through the long Memorial Day weekend and beyond. A stronger than normal ridge of high pressure continues to dominate the southeast and it’s not going to let go of its grip for the next several days. Daytime highs will be pushing 10-15 degrees above the norm through at least late next week with record highs definitely not out of the question. We will also stay milder than normal across the next several nights with record minimal overnight lows within reach. We actually did set a record Thursday morning only getting down to 74 degrees, besting the earlier record by 1 degree.
Not only are we dealing with the heat, but we will be staying dry even though the air will be sticky due to the humidity. The latest drought data shows most of the WLTZ First Weather viewing area south of I-85 to be abnormally dry with some spots at a moderate drought level. With little (if any) rainfall expected over the next 8 days, drought conditions are likely to grow and intensify.
Although heat Indices could push up to 105 degrees over the weekend, not expecting any advisories to be issued, but it’s not out of the question. A reminder to stay hydrated if you plan to be outdoors during the day for an extended period of time and protect your skin from the extreme UV levels with SPF 30+. Also, don’t leave pets in a vehicle as temperatures can rapidly reach a level that can threaten the life of your furry loved one.
TODAY- Sunny and hot with highs in the mid to upper 90s.
TONIGHT- Mostly clear with lows in the low 70s.
SATURDAY- Sunny and hot with highs in the upper 90s.
SATURDAY NIGHT- Mostly clear with lows in the mid 70s.
SUNDAY- Sunny and hot with highs near 100.
SUNDAY NIGHT- Mostly clear with lows in the mid 70s.
MEMORIAL DAY- Sunny and hot with highs near 100.
-Morning Meteorologist Miller Robson
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