ALERT: Excessive Heat Warning has been issued!


CHARLESTON, W.Va (WOWK) – The hottest air we’ve seen in over a year is about to move into West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky on Friday & Saturday! We’ll be seeing high temperatures both Friday and Saturday in the middle 90s, but it’s so humid outside, that the combination of heat and humidity will push the heat index into the 100s.


The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued an Excessive Heat Warning, which is in effect from noon Friday to 8 PM EDT Saturday.

  • HEAT INDEX VALUES…105 to 110, due to temperatures in the mid-90s, and dewpoints in the mid-70s.
  • TIMING…Highest heat indices occurring Friday afternoon into early evening, and again Saturday afternoon into the early evening. The intervening night Friday night will be stiflingly warm and muggy.
  • IMPACTS…The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.
Friday’s Heat Index values!
Saturday’s Heat Index values!


An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.

Take extra precautions…if you work or spend time outside. When possible…reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work…the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heatstroke is an emergency…call 9 1 1.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

This extreme heat is thanks to a big dome of high pressure that will begin to take over the region Thursday afternoon. It’ll settle in Thursday and allow the mercury to climb to around 90 then, but it’ll get even hotter as we head into Friday and Saturday.

Excessive Heat Warning in purple and Heat Advisory in orange for Friday and Saturday.

Thankfully, a cold front will begin to approach the region Sunday, which will finally put an end to this hot and also oppressively humid air mass that we have been under for the last couple of weeks.

A strong area of high-pressure overhead will not only bring in hot and humid conditions but will keep the area mostly dry with the wind being light, too – a good recipe for a hot day!
Sunday’s Heat Index values, even with spotty showers in the area!

The forecast high for Friday is 94 and 95 for Saturday. When is the last time we’ve reached 95 degrees in our region? You have to go all the way back to July 4th, 2018!

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