Summer's here; Chris Bailey says it will be drier than 2013

ngray@herald-leader.comJune 20, 2014 

Following one of the wettest summers on record, this summer Lexington will be close to average in rain as well as heat, WKYT Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey said.

Saturday marks the first day of summer and the longest day of the year, and Bailey said he expects the summer to be drier than in 2013. Last summer, 21.78 inches of rain fell in Lexington, the third-highest amount since rain totals have been recorded.

"We should have a daily threat of showers and thunderstorms," Bailey said. "It should be a normal to a little above normal for this time of year."

This past week was the hottest of the year, Bailey said, with temperatures reaching 90 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday. He said residents should expect more 90-degree days, but nothing like the summer two years ago. In 2012, the final week in June and the first week of July produced the hottest stretch on record in Lexington, including seven 100-degree days.

"That was a truly historical heat wave," Bailey said.

This week's trend of early-evening showers and thunderstorms will continue this weekend. Bailey's forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of precipitation on Saturday with possible thunderstorms and a high of 86 degrees. The next six days feature temperatures in the mid- to upper 80s with precipitation chances ranging from 40 to 60 percent, according to Bailey's forecast.

Nick Gray: (859) 231-1330. Twitter: @ngray_63

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