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Temperatures, heat index to remain at high levels

Friday, July 15, 2011

David Wire
On Thursday, the National Weather Service based in Indianapolis issued a "special weather statement," regarding Clay County.

The statement advised residents of the hot, humid weather set to return to the area this weekend.

WTHI-News 10 Chief Meteorologist David Wire told The Brazil Times Friday the hot weather will be here to stay for a while.

"What we're forecasting is temperatures in the low 90s by Sunday and mid-90s by the middle of the week," Wire said. "Tuesday and Wednesday could be the hottest days.

"The heat index could get to 100-105 this weekend and 110-115 by the middle of next week."

He added the hot and humid weather would not just affect Clay County, but the entire Wabash Valley.

"The average high (at this time of year) is in the 90s," Wire said. "It will stay there for a couple of weeks.

"This is not abnormal. This is typical. The next two weeks, the averages are the hottest temperatures of the summer."

The statement said winds from the south would bring a "more humid air mass back into Central Indiana. A large ridge of high pressure aloft will then expand into the Ohio Valley and remain the dominant weather feature over the region though much of next week."

Wire said temperatures next week, which coincides with the 2011 Clay County 4-H Fair, will be similar to what residents experienced just days ago, but it will get hotter.

"We get this hot weather, we've just got to be smart," Wire said. "Stay hydrated and wear light color or loose clothing.

"Don't forget your pets. Give them fresh water. It's going to get that hot."

Wire added he currently isn't forecasting rain in the area for a while.

"All of next week is going to be dangerous heat," he said. "After that, I see a trend of some rain showers, but I don't see a lot.

"That is a bit of a concern. We are below (rain average) for the month of July. You always want to have a balance. Signs are pointing that July will end up below average for precipitation. I just don't see any big rain in the forecast right now."

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