Ridiculous Heat, More Storms Threaten Greater Cincinnati, So Just Stay the Hell Inside

The heat index could stretch past 100ºF on July 5 and July 6.

click to enlarge More summer storms are on their way to Cincinnati. - Photo: Dave Hoefler|Unsplash
Photo: Dave Hoefler|Unsplash
More summer storms are on their way to Cincinnati.

As Cincinnatians know, "summer" here is actually 18 mini-seasons, depending on the temperature and humidity.

Cincinnati currently is in the "Ninth Level of Hell" summer season, which features ungodly hot temperatures and recurring thunderstorms. Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Wilmington say those are on tap this week, although without the mention of "hell" because they're professionals.

Basically, if you can stay out of the heat and rain, you should.

A heat advisory currently is in effect for the Greater Cincinnati region and pretty much all of western Ohio and eastern Indiana. According to the NWS and other forecasters, the heat index could stretch past 100ºF on July 5 and July 6.

From the NWS:
An unstable air mass remains southwest of the thunderstorm complex moving into western Ohio, however, the upper level shortwave is moving southeast into the Mid-Atlantic region. This results in a lack of synoptic forcing over the area but an increasingly unstable environment. With the lack of upper level forcing, we are left with the instability at the surface and cooled pool air mass settling in over northwest Ohio and northern Indiana.
Cincinnati is unstable. Doesn't that sound fun?

To make matters worse, the area is scheduled to be hit with more thunderstorms similar to the ones we've seen knock out electricity in recent weeks. Storms are likely during the afternoon on July 5 and may continue through the evening and possibly through July 6. The NWS says that heavy rain and "damaging winds" are the biggest threats, but flooding and lightning strikes are on the menu, too.

"A line of ongoing storms will begin to move southwest through the afternoon today, impacting southwest Ohio, eastern Indiana, and northern Kentucky." the NWS says.
The forecasters warn that residents should be prepared to take shelter and to avoid flooded roadways.

And things won't get better later this week, it seems, with thunderstorms likely continuing through July 9. Storms may pause on July 10 but could resume the following day.

Tens of thousands of Duke Energy customers lost electricity during multiple rounds of summer storms in June. To report power outages to Duke Energy, text OUT to 57801 or call 800-543-5599. Learn about what else to do before and during power outages.

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