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Heat wave / drought continue through the weekend

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Good Friday!  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but... here we go. The Tennessee Valley is currently under "severe" to "extreme" drought conditions with our rainfall a little more than 10 1/2" below average for the year.  While we will continue to get the occasional isolated storm here and there, I really don't see us getting any relief until late next week.

We will also be contending with the heat and humidity through most of next week.  Today, heat advisories are in effect for middle and west Tennessee, and we may see one issued for us before the weekend is over.

Today we will get up to 98 with the heat index topping out at about 105.  Expect one or two storms to pop up here and there.

The weekend will be about the same.  Highs will stay in the mid to upper 90s and the heat index during the heat of the day will hover between 100 and 105.  The chance for isolated afternoon storms will remain through the weekend as well.

Next week I expect more of the same.  Although a front will become stationary to our north Monday through Wednesday.  While it may spin one or two storms into the area for the first half of next week, most of the rain will be in Nashville back to Memphis.

:Late next week that front will slide south, and it looks like that will be our next best chance for widespread good, solid rain for the Tennessee Valley.

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FRIDAY:

  • 8am... Mostly Sunny, 76
  • Noon... Partly Cloudy, 90
  • 5pm... Humid / Stray Storms, 98
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