5:31pm

Wed June 27, 2012
The Commonwealth

Heat's On

Temperatures could soar close to the century mark this afternoon in many Kentucky communities.  It’s like going from the frying pan into the fire.  The high temperature Thursday may be some ten degrees warmer than Wednesday.  University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Tom Priddy says that kind of jump is a little unusual, even in the summer months.

“It is unusual except for the situation we’ve got ourselves in…most of the moisture’s been baked out of the soil and energy that would have been used to evaporate moisture from the soil.. is gonna actually go into increasing the temperature somewhat,” said Priddy.

Priddy says the extended outlook doesn’t look promising.

“If you look at the six to ten and eight to 14 day outlooks, they’re both calling for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation  all the way out through the first full week of July..in fact,…July tenth I think is what those two outlooks are calling for..so this pattern’s gonna set in for a while,” added Priddy.

Priddy says September and October of 2011 are the only two months over the last 13 months to have average temperatures statewide below normal.  Interestingly enough, the first three days of September featured temperatures of 96, 98 and 98.