Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
Hope your AC and sprinklers are working.
A hot, humid and dry week lies ahead, resulting in daytime heat indexes reaching the upper 90s.
As of 6:45 a.m. a bit of fog blanketed the east side of Cincinnatinear Lunken Airport and Interstate 275 at the Ohio River.
Visibility is at about a mile, said meteorologist Seth Binau.
We could top out with a 100-degree heat index by mid-week as a large ridge of high pressure from the east continues to build over our region.
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It’s already 75 degrees at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport this morning. We’ll reach the mid-80s by lunchtime.
Later, the high temperature will soar to 91 degrees.
Daytime highs this week will remain in the low 90s with overnight lows in the low-to-mid 70s. Normally for this time of year, the mercury only reaches 86 with overnight lows around 66.
You will want to keep your air conditioning and sprinklers cranked. Our next shot at rain isn’t until Saturday.
The forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon and again at night.
The lack of rain will definitely be felt under the sweltering heat, but we’re actually ahead in precipitation.
Normally by this time of the year, 24.3 inches of rain has fallen; so far this year, 27.9 inches has been recorded at CVG, said meteorologist Steve Rhebenach.
Next week looks better with more seasonal daytime highs of 87 degrees by Sunday.