July 19: More Heat Ahead, Daily Links


A few showers and storms bubbled up in the mid-afternoon heat and humidity, but those will settle down quickly this evening, as shown by the HRRR model’s radar simulation:

That leaves us with warm and muggy conditions the rest of the night — temperatures will only drop to the low to mid 70s by early Thursday morning:

Then we warm right back up to the mid 90s by Thursday afternoon…

…with the heat index near or over 100° again:

Apply the usual mid-summer common sense — stay hydrated, find some A/C or at least some shade if you’re going to be outside for a while, and adjust your pace so you don’t over-exert yourself.  And don’t count on much relief from Mother Nature — Thursday will bring just a slight chance of an isolated storm, mostly east of I-65.  The RPM model looks like it has a decent handle on that pattern:

We’ll keep the 10-20% rain chances in the forecast Friday and Saturday, with temperatures remaining very hot, and heat indices even hotter.  Friday’s record high temperature is exactly 100° — that’s really the only day we’ll be close to record territory:

A better chance of thunderstorms will finally crack the heat wave on Sunday, with those storms potentially lingering into the beginning of next week as well.  It’s way too soon to talk about any severe thunderstorm potential on Sunday — this time of year, the odds don’t favor any organized severe weather, but we’ll keep an eye on it just in case.




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