Some of the hottest weather in several years is expected to impact western Kentucky in the next few days, with no relief in sight.
The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a Heat Advisory for their entire forecast area for Thursday through Sunday from 1pm until 7pm each day. Forecaster Jim Packett says conditions are just right for the mercury to soar each afternoon.
If all goes as expected, the weather service expects temperatures to top out a few ticks over 100 degrees.
Those who must be outside in the heat are reminded to drink plenty of fluids and to take frequent breaks in a shady area. Medical workers across the area are already preparing to treat an increased number of patients suffering from heat illness.
Winds in the 10 to 15 miles per hour range Thursday afternoon will also create an increased fire danger, according to the weather service, which says residents should refrain from burning anything outdoors in the windy and dry conditions.