After days of heat in Central Kentucky, relief is on the way

Saturday hit 98, but Monday will top out at 70

kward1@herald-leader.comSeptember 4, 2011 

Central Kentuckians who suffered through the sweltering heat of the past several days can take heart: Monday's high should be about 30 degrees lower than Saturday's.

Saturday's high of 98 degrees in Lexington was 2 degrees shy of the record for the day, set in 1953, said Brian Schoettmer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville. It was the fourth straight day with a high in the 90s.

But he said "the first powerful cold front" of the season is on the way.

Sunday's high should be in the mid-80s, he said, with "a lot of showers and storms."

On Monday and Tuesday, the high will be about 70 degrees, or possibly even in the upper 60s, he said. The highs Wednesday through Friday will likely be in the mid-70s.

Skies are expected to be mostly cloudy Monday through Wednesday. There will be a daily chance of showers Monday through Friday.

Schoettmer said that while the area might see some more 90-degree days, the worst of the summer heat has passed.

"This is probably the last that we'll see of the solid upper 90s," he said.

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