The First Heat Wave of the Summer Arrives in the Miami Valley

Jul 16, 2013

The Miami Valley is seeing its first heat wave. The high temperatures combined with abundant sunshine and humidity is going to make it feel like the upper 90s to the triple digits through the weekend. Ohioans will get some relief when a cold front comes through on Saturday, but things won’t really cool down until Sunday into early next week.

Mike Kurz of the National Weather Service in Wilmington says that although this the hottest weather this year, it’s not going to be as hot as last summer.

“The main reason why we won’t be that hot compared to last year was because we’ve had all this precipitation so the ground still has a quite a bit of moisture in it and that kind of acts to absorbs most of the heat.”

But Kurz says this weather is still dangerous, and cautions people to stay hydrated and out of the sun when possible. The sweltering temperatures today forced the IRS office in Dayton to close after experiencing air-conditioning issues. The weather service is reminding people to never leave children and pets unattended in a car, especially in extreme weather.

Contributed by the Associated Press.