CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A dome of high pressure over the eastern United States continues to bring hot and humid weather to our region.
“The upper level jet stream has been displaced far northward into eastern Canada,” said Meteorologist Ross Giarratana with the Charleston weather bureau. “Beneath that jet stream we’re seeing a really strong push of warm and humid air from the Gulf of Mexico across the entire eastern U.S.”
The effect is enough to prompt heat advisories and excessive heat warnings from the National Weather Service for parts of West Virginia. The advisories were issued for Pleasants, Tyler, Roane, Wirt, Calhoun, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mingo, Logan, Boone, Clay Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Harrison, Hancock, Brook, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Marion, and Monongalia County. Counties under the excessive heat warning are Wayne, Cabell, Mason, Jackson, Wood, Lincoln, Putnam, and Kanawha Counties. The advisories are in effect from noon Wednesday until 8 p.m.
“If you do happen to have to work outside today for any length of time, seek shade and stay hydrated,” said Giarratana. “If you’re looking to spend the holiday in the outdoors, stay near an air conditioned facility to try and cool down and keep lots of fluids in you.”
The weather pattern which has brought temperatures in the 90’s and humidity which has made it feel like it’s more than 100 degrees for nearly a week is expected to start breaking up on Thursday and by Friday temperatures will be back in the 80’s with the arrival of a cold front which will bring shower activity back to the state.