Good evening! It has been a warm week and unfortunately, it will only get a bit warmer. On the bright side, check out what that hot and hazy sky does for us in return. This picture was taken near Clinton on I-75 earlier this evening.
I am sure many of you are asking "It's May, why is it so hot?". Well in simple terms, it can be blamed on a strong high pressure system (known as a blocking high) sitting on the east coast. This high pressure system creates "boring" weather and very warm temperatures. As you can see below, the western half of the USA is dominated by a low, while the east is dominated by a high. This pattern can last days to even weeks at a time. Lucky for us, the high is beginning to break down, weaken, and eventually will move out by mid week. This will allow for the potential for some showers and temperatures retreating back into the 80's.
As you can see below we will be on the brink of breaking many records around east TN over the next few days. Our greatest threat for record breaking days will be Monday (Memorial Day) and Tuesday as we are expected to peak out around the mid 90's range. Keep in mind that from now until Wednesday, temperatures may be in the low to mid 90's, but adding in humidity, temperatures can feel near the triple digits range.
Since the heat won't be leaving anytime in the next day or two, why not enjoy it, especially with an extra day off of work. With weather conditions staying mainly dry and sunny, especially for Memorial Day, why not enjoy yourself by cooling off at the pool or lake and soaking in some vitamin D, as well.
Lastly, let me remind you the dangers of heat, especially in vehicles. With temperatures this hot already, it does not take long for your vehicles interior temperature to rise drastically in a short amount of time. Remember to check for children, pets, and even electronics before leaving your vehicle. Here is a quick guide to show you how hot it can get in your car. (NOTE: this is if the temperature outside is at 80 degrees, imagine starting 10-15 degrees warmer than this) Have a blessed weekend & holiday, be safe, stay cool & hydrated, and remember to use caution when outdoors for long periods of time!