The heat wave continues today, take all safety precautions

Weekday broadcast of WYMT Mountain News this morning, 5 a.m.

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) – We’ve already had two days of breaking records. Could more fall today and tomorrow?

today and tonight

Our early June heat continues and we are still six days away from summer. On Monday and Tuesday, new temperature records were set at NWS Jackson and London Corbin Airport and that trend appears to continue today. After kicking off in the mid-70s this morning, we will head back into the mid-upper 90s this afternoon. What helped us get there today and held us back from reaching our high forecast yesterday was the lack of showers and cloud cover this morning. It hurt our eastern counties on Tuesday. We might still see a stray shower or storm at times today, but most of us should stay dry.

A heat advisory and excessive heat warning continue for highlighted counties until 8 p.m. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more alerts for Thursday, but we’ll have to wait and see on that.

A heat advisory and excessive heat warning continues for most of our region until 8 p.m. Wednesday evening.(WYMT Weather)

The heat index will likely be well over 100 degrees again, so again take all your heat precautions today. Water or Gatorade are best for staying hydrated.

Remember and follow these tips to keep you and your family safe during those hot summer days.
Remember and follow these tips to keep you and your family safe during those hot summer days.(WYMT Weather)

Remember that at these temperatures, it doesn’t take long for a car to heat up well above 100 degrees, so looking before you lock could save the life of your kids or pets. Speaking of pets, be sure to make arrangements to keep them cool, especially your outdoor pets if you can’t bring them inside. If you’re hot, so are they.

Tonight look for mostly clear skies with a possible stray shower or storm. Lows will not fall until the upper mid-70s.

Extended forecast

Our dangerously hot trend appears to continue on Thursday before starting to cool down a bit on Friday as a cold front approaches. The chances of showers and scattered thunderstorms increase on both days, especially as they approach the front. Some of these storms might pack a punch, so make sure you have a way to get weather alerts quickly, like the WYMT weather app. Highs will return to the mid 90s on Thursday with temperatures feeling at or above 100 degrees. We should stay near 90s on Friday, then drop into the mid-60s behind the front Friday night.

Both weekend days look dry and much cooler. Daytime highs will reach around 80 with overnight lows in the 50s and 60s.

Here’s a look at some of the records that could still be broken or tied in the coming days. Stay calm!

We could break more temperature records Wednesday and Thursday at NWS Jackson and get closer to...
We could break more temperature records on Wednesday and Thursday at NWS Jackson and get closer on Friday.(WYMT Weather)

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Susan W. Lloyd