Here comes the HEAT

- After a glorious few days, the summertime heat will really get underway.  Temperatures have been warm through much of our spring, and now that we are getting close to our official start to summer later this month, it’s only fitting that temperatures will be on the rise.  While things can change, we aren’t currently expecting any record highs to fall, but that doesn’t mean that this heat won’t be a bit of a shock as this will be the first truly hot and humid weather we have seen so far this year.

The heat all stems around an area of high pressure that is pushing southeast away from Minnesota.  It’s the clockwise flow around this high that will not only allow temperatures to climb as a ridge builds into the Upper Midwest, but moisture will stream into the state all the way from the Gulf of Mexico which will boost the “feels like” temperatures into the triple digits. Here’s what I’m talking about…

Wednesday our high pressure was directly overhead which kept the very dry air we have seen the last several days in place.  But as it shifts to the southeast, winds shift straight out of the Gulf of Mexico and drive plenty of moisture northward.  This allows dewpoints to skyrocket from the very comfortable 30s and 40s to the 60s and low 70s.  What does that mean for our comfort level??

Well, it’s gonna feel more like Florida around here through the weekend.  When you combine our drastic increase in temperatures and humidity, the heat index or “feels like” temps will likely get into the triple digits for much of the southern half of the state both Friday and Saturday.  Here is where those peak numbers will likely land…