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Kentucky Climate Summary
By: Tom Priddy, UK Agricultural Weather Center - 07/10/2018

Oppressive heat continued across the Lower Ohio Valley for the first week of July. Temperatures peaked on the 4th and the 5th with highs getting into the low to middle 90s. Even some upper 90s in spots. 'Heat Advisories' and 'Excessive Heat Warnings' were issued as heat indices topped out around 110 degrees at times. Luckily, the Commonwealth did see a cold front push through the area on Friday.

While temperatures stayed in the 80s for Saturday, conditions were noticeably less humid. Even with the frontal passage, the heat won out and led to a 10th straight week of above normal temperatures, dating back to the start of May. Looking at rainfall, coverage was scattered to numerous at times, but not nearly as frequent as weeks past. Still, torrential downpours continued to be an issue for anyone that did see a storm. Overall, the state averaged 0.62 inches for the week, but totals varied widely across Kentucky. While some saw in excess of 1.5 inches, other locations were less than a tenth of an inch.

Temperatures for the period averaged 79 degrees across the state which was 3 degrees warmer than normal and 2 degrees warmer than the previous period. High temperatures averaged from 90 in the West to 89 in the East. Departure from normal high temperatures ranged from 1 degree warmer than normal in the West to 3 degrees warmer than normal in the East. Low temperatures averaged from 72 degrees in the West to 68 degrees in the East. Departure from normal low temperature ranged from 5 degrees warmer than normal in the West to 6 degrees warmer than normal in the East. The extreme high temperature for the period was 98 degrees at CAPE GIRARDEAU ASOS and the extreme low was 56 degrees at CYNTHIANA 8N.

Precipitation (liq. equ.) for the period totaled 0.62 inches statewide which was 0.37 inches below normal and 63% of normal. Precipitation totals by climate division, West 0.41 inches, Central 0.75 inches, Bluegrass 0.59 inches and East 0.73 inches, which was 0.59, 0.24, 0.37 and 0.28 inches below normal. By station, precipitation totals ranged from a low of 0.00 inches at BIG SANDY to a high of 2.84 inches at BOWLING GREEN 4E.

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