Hot, hot, hot! Dangerous heat, a chance for much needed rain, and a "cool down" ahead
We don't have to tell you that it's hot outside, but we do have to tell you that this heat is dangerous. Regular air temperatures will push 100° and heat indices could get up to 110°. Folks in the Tennessee Valley can expect daily heat advisories through the end of the week.
What do we have to thank for this heat wave? An upper-level ridge of high pressure.
This upper-level high pressure is keeping us warm, but it's not enough to keep the Tennessee Valley rain-free. Rain chances continue for Tuesday afternoon, and stay in the forecast through the weekend. For Wednesday and Thursday, showers and storms will be diurnally driven, meaning afternoon rain and chances go down with the sun in the evening. If you don't see rain, you'll be under a partly cloudy sky.
I'm keeping an eye on a "cold front" - that's the meteorological term but it will feel anything but cold once it moves through. Will it cool us down though? Yes! The cold front brings a decent shot of much needed rain for us here in the Tennessee Valley. We will see rain chances increase Friday into Saturday as well.
As far as temperatures go, we're looking at dangerous heat indices for the next several days.
The hot air temperatures paired with dew points in the mid-70s creates the threat for heat-related illnesses. Avoid the outdoors if you can, stay hydrated, take breaks in the A/C. Never, ever leave a child or a pet in a hot car. Look before you lock.
Next week, we "cool off" into the low 90s and dew points drop into the 60s, allowing for more comfortable conditions outdoors. It will not feel as humid outside, but it will still be hot out there! Rain chances remain low for Monday and Tuesday in the wake of the weekend cold front.