(The following article is from the National Weather Service's Paducah office).
As you may already be aware, we are forecasting temperatures to be well above normal next week, along with an increase in humidity and very minimal chances for rain.
It will be rather pleasant on Saturday, June 11, with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s with low humidity. However, we will see highs on Sunday ramp up into the upper 80s to lower 90s with a gradual increase in humidity.
By Monday, June 13, highs will be in the lower to mid 90s with very humid conditions in place. Tuesday looks to be our warmest day and some locations could see actual air temperatures reach 100 degrees, with the muggy conditions continuing. In fact, record or near record highs are expected on Tuesday. While we may see high temperatures and humidity levels drop a bit Wednesday and Thursday, it will still feel miserable. In addition, night time lows will likely stay in the mid to upper 70s. The heat index will likely be 100 to 105 degrees Monday through Wednesday.
Aside from a glancing shot of rain near I-64 on Monday, we will be seeing a prolonged dry period from this Saturday through at least Thursday, with no substantial rain chances in the forecast.
While seeing heat of this nature is not exactly unheard of in this part of the country in early June, it will definitely be some of the hottest weather of the year so far and weather that most folks are not used to yet. Therefore, we ask for your help in sharing heat safety related information over the weekend to help bring awareness to the dangers of heat and ways to mitigate being a victim of a heat related illness.
Below are a few websites that contain a lot of great information along with graphics for you to share. I have also attached a few more to this email. The main points to drive home are to limit your exposure to the heat as much as possible (take frequent breaks, reschedule strenuous activities to the morning or evening, drink plenty of water, etc.) and recognize the dangers of heat related illnesses.