Heat wave to continue this week

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 17, 2006

No doubt about it, summer’s here. You can feel it when you go outside.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Hovis said today will be a scorcher, following a trend established late last week.

“The culprit today is a high pressure front,” Hovis said. “With a high pressure front, you usually don’t have that many clouds because the air is sinking. In a high pressure front the air comes down and as it comes down it gets warmer.”

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Expect temperatures to soar into the mid to upper 90s again today. Hovis said the area may see some relief by the weekend.

“There is a front moving into the area but its not much of a front and the air behind it is not much cooler,” he said.

“After today, things will start to cool off a degree or two. We should be into the mid-80s by Saturday and that’s a more normal range. We should cool off a degree or two each day,” Hovis said.

As for rainfall, Hovis said there is a slight chance in the forecast for the area Thursday night, a better chance Friday.

The forecast for the Tri-State calls for clear skies this evening with a low near 69 degree. On Tuesday, expect mostly sunny skies and continued high temperatures.

The high should be near 97 degrees with heat index values as high as 100. The forecast for Wednesday through Friday is much of the same.