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Summer’s first heat wave to arrive in county Thursday

The summer’s first significant heat wave is expected to hit the state starting Thursday, with forecast high temperatures expected to be in the upper 90s through Sunday.

The heat will be less intense here in Randolph County than it will be toward the western half of Alabama, but heat watches could be issued for our area as well.

Local weather man Don Strength, who operates Dr. Don’s Weather Page on Facebook and YouTube, has been privy to the National Weather Service’s discussions of the coming heat and what will cause it.

“Global models remain consistent in the forecast of a big upper level ridge axis sliding eastward from Texas into the lower Mississippi Valley by Thursday, and staying firmly

entrenched there through at least Saturday,” Strength shared with the Leader. “Ambient temperatures and heat index values will start to reach dangerously high levels starting on Thursday.”

The heat index is expected to reach 110-plus over the western portion of the state, but those numbers will be slightly lower here, as Randolph County will sit on the edge of the upper level ridge.

“The upper level ridge is forecast to flatten out Saturday night into Sunday,” Strength shared. “This will help rein the heat back a bit.”

Until then expect high temperatures between 95 and 98 degrees with heat index readings into the triple digits.

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