It's summer in central Virginia, so we all know it's going to be hot. However, there are some days where the heat just takes the cake. Tuesday will be one of those days.
A huge ridge that has been broiling portions of the Mississippi River Valley for a few days is now sliding eastward. This will bring the potential for near-record hot conditions on Tuesday afternoon. Here's how it breaks down by the numbers...
I've got a predicted temperature of 97º on Tuesday afternoon (there are some indications that it may be just a smidgen hotter). If we hit 97º, that would tie the old record high for the date, set back in 1993. Of course, it does no good to focus only on the actual air temperature. We must also factor in the extreme levels of humidity that will accompany this hot air mass. When the heat and humidity are combined, we will have the potential of a heat index that could go as high as 110º - this is what's also known as the "feels like" temperature. With a heat index that high, heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses can set in very quickly. We say it all the time, but it really is important to keep yourself hydrated and avoid being outdoors during the peak heating of the day.
If you don't like all of this heat and humidity, the good news is that we should see much more seasonable conditions arriving by the end of the work week.
Until then, stay cool!