Dangerous Heat and a Severe Weather Threat

Our hottest weather in years may fuel our next round of potentially Severe storms.

Posted: Jul 27, 2021 6:36 PM

Today's afternoon high of 92° matched the month's peak temperatures and represented our second straight day of 90° temperatures here in the Tri-State. In addition to the heat, the amount of moisture in the atmosphere was certainly more than most of us would have liked, I'm sure - it made that temperature of 92° feel more like 99° or 100° at times earlier this afternoon. The remainder of the evening will be a mild, but quiet one; expect temperatures to gradually dwindle from the upper 70s and low 80s around 10PM into the upper 60s and low 70s by daybreak Wednesday. Our morning low of 69° will set the stage for what may end up being our hottest afternoon in some time.

If you have any plans out and about tomorrow morning or afternoon, may I suggest you try to accomplish them as early as possible - the mercury is expected to reach the 90° mark as early as 11AM tomorrow before surging into the mid 90s during the ensuing few hours. Current model data suggests that we'll hit 95° in the River City for the first time in in a month and a half; the last time we dealt with temperatures that hot was on the afternoon of June 12th! While heat indices tomorrow afternoon are expected to surpass 100° in spots tomorrow, anything we see Wednesday will likely pale in comparison to what's headed our way for Thursday.

The latest projections indicate that Thursday's temperatures won't only be our hottest of the year thus far, but may end up climbing to their highest point in more than 4 years! The combination of sunshine and southwesterly winds will help boost the mercury back into the mid to upper 90s for many of us - the last time we saw 96° in Evansville (our anticipated high) was on the afternoon of July 22nd, 2017 - we hit 98° in the River City that afternoon! Worse yet, tropical dew point values in the low 70s could make that high of 96° feel as hot as 105° to 110° at times on Thursday afternoon! On top of all of that, our ample supply of heat and humidity may fuel the threat for Severe Weather that evening as a cold front inches toward the Tri-State.

76° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 76°
73° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 73°
74° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 74°
70° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 70°
68° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 68°
Today's high temperature of 87° was our warmest in a week and a half - we last climbed that high on the afternoon of September 18th when we tipped the scales at 88°. The remainder of the evening will remain quite mild under clear skies; expect temperatures to first fall to 83° by dinnertime before dropping to 73° by 10PM. The clear skies and weak southerly wind flow will help keep temperatures relatively stable during the overnight and predawn hours - we'll wake up to a morning low of just 62° early Wednesday morning.
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