Summer doesn't officially begin until Monday, but this weekend promises a sweaty preview.
Temperatures in Lexington are predicted to reach 94 degrees Saturday and 92 on Sunday and stay in the 90s until at least Wednesday. There is a chance of thunderstorms both weekend days.
With humidity levels, the heat index could approach or exceed 100 degrees.
"It makes us feel uncomfortable, doesn't it?" said Tom Priddy, a meteorologist with the University of Kentucky's Agricultural Weather Center.
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It also can go beyond uncomfortable and into dangerous.
Humans are encouraged to limit strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day, drink plenty of water, and take care of animals that can't fend for themselves.
That might mean making sure that your dog has cool water to drink and that its doghouse is not in direct sun.
Livestock also need drinking water and sprinkler systems, and buildings as open as possible for ventilation, Priddy said.
To keep cattle from becoming overheated, farmers should minimize working the cattle during periods of heat stress and avoid transporting them if possible, he said.
The heat stress threat for livestock is in the dangerous level in the eastern half of the state and the emergency level in the west, Priddy said.
The hot weekend will mean electric meters spin faster as air conditioners try to keep up, but Kentucky Utilities spokesman Cliff Feltham said the company is prepared to meet the need.
The overall demand is lower on weekends because many factories and offices are closed, he said. At 3 p.m. Tuesday, however, KU set a June usage peak of 4,010 megawatts. That wasn't near the top 15 peaks, Feltham said, but was heavy for so early in the season.
"We're in good shape and ready for the hot weather," he said.
People who meet certain low income guidelines and have a family member with a doctor-certified health condition such as heart disease or severe respiratory problems may qualify to borrow an air conditioner from Community Action Council. The council covers Fayette, Harrison, Nicholas and Bourbon counties. The Lexington office is at 710 West High Street.
Finally, there are the city pools.
Lexington Parks and Recreation director Jerry Hancock says there is a direct correlation between temperatures over 90 degrees and pool attendance.
Although June is not the hottest month of the year in Lexington, the pools see half their attendance during the month, with one-third in July and one-sixth in August.
"Kids come early, then get tired of it or go back to school," Hancock said.