Dog days of summer

Babe Ruth, a beagle mix belonging to Patty Brennan of Paducah, catches a breeze Tuesday at Stuart Nelson Dog Park. While Monday and Tuesday were hot and humid, temperatures today and Thursday are expected to be in the upper 80s.

DAVID B. SNOW | The Sun

Paducahans can expect a little relief this weekend, following a few very hot August nights.

The heat and humidity teamed up Monday and Tuesday to cause the National Weather Service to issue heat advisories, cautioning people about prolonged exposure to the elements.

"We had 94 (degrees) in Paducah (Tuesday)," said National Weather Service meteorologist Sean Poulos. "The peak heat index got up to 101."

The low Tuesday morning fell only to 80 degrees, a near record.

"When we issued the heat advisory (for Tuesday), we were saying the heat index would get up to 105 to 110, " Poulos said. "It wasn't quite as hot as we expected it to be, at least here in Paducah, but I think we had some higher readings in portions of western Kentucky.

"Generally, a heat advisory is issued whenever we expect heat indices to reach 105 degrees or higher. There is an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness, and the very young or elderly and those without air conditioning will be most susceptible."

A cold front moved through the area Tuesday afternoon, bringing with it a more pleasant forecast to western Kentucky. The highs today and Thursday are expected to be in the upper 80s, then back into the 90s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The humidity is expected to be noticeably lower over the next couple of days.

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