More heat for the weekend.

More extreme heat is on tap for the next couple of days.

Oops, we did it again! Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far, topping off at 97° in the Star City just about 3:15 in the afternoon.  Today and tomorrow look to tie, or top the hottest days of the summer so far with highs in the mid and upper 90s.  When you factor in higher dew points, the heat index will top 100° in a number of locations east of the Blue Ridge. We’ve got 11 straight days of 90° or better with several more on the way which could push us toward the top of the list of most 90° days in a row for July.  Overnight lows are only expected to drop slowly into the low and mid 70s for many of us which will offer little relief from the daytime heat if you don’t have air conditioning or at the very least a fan. Make sure you check on your elderly neighbors and be sure they are coping with the heat and humidity, don’t leave your pets outside for long and be sure that they have fresh cool water to drink at all times as well. Be careful out there and try to stay cool. Each afternoon will continue to have at least an outside chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm popping up in the heat of the day so keep an eye out if you’re going to be out and about for the day. The chances are quite slim but they are there.

Light colored, loose fitting, lightweight fabrics and a hat will help to keep you cooler in the extreme heat we will be dealing with. Be sure you stay well hydrated, even if you’re just sitting by the pool. If you don’t have air conditioning at home, try and find somewhere you can hang out that does during the heat of the day. The mall or a library are good examples of places you can hang out, take advantage of free air conditioning and beat the heat. An easy way to keep your house at least a little cooler is to shut all of the window blinds and curtains before you leave the house in the morning to keep some of the radiant heat of the sun out.

Temperatures will remain in the 90s through the weekend and likely only cool down into the upper 80s for a day or two toward the middle of next week. 

Don’t forget your sunscreen and stay hydrated!

Meteorologist Jason Caterina


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