The National Weather Service today confirmed that an EF-1 Tornado carved an 80 yard wide path of destruction across the Posey/Vanderburgh County border late last night. Wind gusts peaked at 95 mph and the storm was on the ground for nearly 5 miles; no one was hurt and structural damage appeared to be less than significant. Fortunately, those affected by the storm (whether clearing debris or without power) didn't have to deal with extreme heat earlier - Evansville only reached 83° this afternoon.
Temperatures however, aren't expected to remain pleasant very long. The mercury is only expected to fall to 74° overnight, setting us up for a particularly uncomfortable Friday ahead; afternoon highs will soar back into the mid to low 90s and the surging humidity could make it feel as hot as 102°! Worse yet, the combination of ample heat and humidity may fuel a few pop-up showers and thunderstorms between 3PM to 8PM. I'll warn you now, whether you like it or not, you'll want to become comfortable with high heat, humidity and heat indices at and above 100°; it doesn't look like this trend will subside anytime soon.
Saturday and Sunday only look hotter - we'll tip the scales at 94° and 96° respectively with heat indices falling on the wrong side 105°. Furthermore, if Sunday's forecast holds and we do reach 96° in the River City, it'll be the first time in more than 2 years. Sunday is currently forecast to be our hottest day since June 16th of 2018! Longer range model data suggests that these scattered storm chances and the oppressive heat/humidity will likely linger through July 28th.
Stay cool and wear your mask.