While portions of Eastern Tennessee and the Carolinas are dealing with the remnants of what was once Tropical Storm Fred, it's been another quiet, albeit mild and muggy day across the Tri-State. Now, that's not to say we won't see our own effect from Fred (well, some of us); a few isolated showers along the far outer ring of the tropical system may affect some of our Kentuckian communities over these next few hours. For the majority of us however, the evening ahead will remain dry and humid. After seeing temperatures reach the mid 80s earlier on, temperatures around dinner time will have fallen below the 80° mark on their way toward our overnight low of 70° early Wednesday.
You better believe that the mild beginning to the day will give that heat a bit of a running head start Wednesday - temperatures are expected to peak near 90° in spots with those "feels like" temperatures approaching 95° at times. Tomorrow's heat however, won't be the whole story - a cluster of storms is expected to develop south of the Ohio early tomorrow afternoon and swing eastward across the Tri-State, primarily affecting our Kentuckian communities. Some of the storms embedded within this cluster may produce strong winds and torrential rains. As a result, the Storm Prediction Center has placed the southern half of the Ohio Valley under a "1" on the Threat Index for Wednesday; the greatest threat for Severe Weather will occur between the hours of 3PM and 8PM.
The remainder of your work week forecast will look quite similar to our midweek - while we're not anticipating any Severe Weather on Thursday or Friday, scattered shower and thunderstorm chances will plague the region during that 48 hour period as temperatures continue to reach up toward the upper 80s with dew point values remaining tropically high. Heat Indices ae expected to gradually rise into the mid to upper 90s as we draw closer to the weekend. Expect the combination of oppressive heat and humidity to linger well into early next week.