JACKSONVILLE, Fla – The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, with high temperatures reaching at least 96 degrees and driving the feels-like temperature to 107 or more. This won't be for just today, it is likely it will be for the next three afternoons!
And this will begin to take a toll on all of us. So, slow down, drink plenty of fluids, watch the young and old for signs of heat stress.
So far this summer, the hottest "official" temperature is 96 degrees. We touched this temperature twice in July, but not since then. Actually, this August we have seen an unusual pattern of "early and often" showers and storms and this has kept us from getting too hot.
Not this week. The winds have subtly shifted, from west-southwesterly to west-northwesterly. The difference is huge, instead of cooling Gulf of Mexico showers and storms, we instead are being impacted by scorching land breezes. Plus, the atmosphere above us is hotter and drier than normal, the result is super-tropical blue skies reigning sunshine down, baking the ground and allowing temperatures to soar. Feel-like temperatures each day through Saturday will reach about 105 degrees.
The good news? These hot temperatures will not come close to setting all-time record high temperatures. "YIPPEE," I mean, "yippee," as one would be hard-pressed to tell the difference as it's going to be uncomfortable each day the rest of the week.
More good news? By Sunday, winds will shift again, this time a more Northeasterly wind will bring us bigger chances of heavy storms and cooler temperatures. Otherwise, we need to head to the mountains where Boone, North Carolina, and Elkins, West Virginia, will be much cooler.