A heat wave is upon us, according to the National Weather Service.
Meteorologist Jim Packett said Paducah will see some of the hottest days of the summer so far, starting today with a high of 95 degrees and a low of 74.
And the news doesn't get better. The heat index, a combination of temperature and humidity, will make today feel like 103.
"We are forecasting highs in the mid to upper 90s to 100 straight through the week and continuing into mid next week," Packett said.
This is actually very typical for Paducah this time of year, he said. The average high for mid-August is 90 degrees. However, he said, residents have been spoiled by many cooler-than-usual days in July and early August.
Last month tied with 1947 as the third-coolest July on record in Paducah with an average temperature of 75 degrees.
"We've been very fortunate this summer," Packett said. "This is going to be a rough time for those who work outside. It's going to be downright miserable."
Packett suggested residents take extra precautions when working or spending time outside during the heat of the day.
"Drink lots of water, wear light-colored clothing and limit time outdoors if possible," he said. "All the usual things."
Temperatures are expected to rise throughout the week with a high of 96 and a low of 74 Thursday, a high of 96 and a low of 76 Friday, and a high of 97 and a low of 73 Saturday.
The heat index will hit 103 Thursday, 104 Friday and 100 on Saturday. And with lows in the mid 70s all week, it won't cool off much at night, providing little relief, Packett said.
The meteorologist said highs are expected to reach 99 Sunday and 100 by Monday, and no rain is in the forecast.
Contact Carrie Dillard, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8657.