Labor Day 2018

All systems are a go for South Central Kentucky in terms of Labor Day plans. Bring out the burgers and hot dogs and lots of ice cold water because it will be a real heater today. Like a typical MLB player’s fastball, temperatures will be in the low 90s with dewpoints like a slow curveball in the low to mid 70s. That means hot and muggy all day long. If you don’t have a tailgating tent, it may be best to just move the party indoors to beat the heat.

NAM showing high pressure over most of the Eastern US (4pm CDT):

500mb heights and winds initialized 9/3 at 12z and valid Monday, Sept. 3rd, at 21z -Courtesy Pivotal Weather


Temperatures and winds from the NAM showing South-Southeast flow bringing in the heat (4pm CDT):

Temperature and winds initialized 9/3 at 12z and valid Monday, Sept. 3rd, at 21z -Courtesy Pivotal Weather

Dewpoints, as depicted by the NAM, will be oppressive for holiday plans (4pm CDT):

Dewpoints initialized 9/3 at 12z and valid Monday, Sept. 3rd, at 21z -Courtesy Pivotal Weather

As we move later into the week, conditions will remain hot and humid, with temperatures around 90 and DPs hovering near 70; however, a slight chance of rain is possible mid-week as recently named Tropical Storm Gordon makes its way northwest through the Gulf. While these chances are low for now, any chance for rain is a welcome possibility after so many hot days (7 of the last 9 days have been 90 or above). At the least, there will be an increase in cloud cover Wednesday and Thursday, but it will do little in the way of reducing temperatures. Nighttime temps will remain in the low 70s throughout most of the week.

To sum it up:

Today (Monday): Labor Day plans should include an indoor or at least a shaded area. If a pool is available, make good use of it. Use sunscreen, drink cold water, and relax on the day off. Highs in the low 90s with a very muggy feel to them.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Conditions will be identical to those we experience today.

Wednesday: Rain chances increase later in the day, but they will only be enjoyed by a select few. Otherwise, still hot and sticky.

Thursday and beyond: Cloud cover and rain chances further increasing, temperatures on a very slow decline closer to the weekend.

Enjoy the day off, and remember to drink plenty of water today and all week long (alcohol does not replenish the body)!


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