Summer heat arriving early

Nick Baker, an employee of the city of Oakwood, prepares 366 red petunias to be planted along Fall Hills Avenue on Monday. After a few cooler days today and Wednesday, heat will return and temperatures could reach the 90s next week. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF

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Nick Baker, an employee of the city of Oakwood, prepares 366 red petunias to be planted along Fall Hills Avenue on Monday. After a few cooler days today and Wednesday, heat will return and temperatures could reach the 90s next week. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF

Last weekend was nearly perfect in the Miami Valley and except for few storms across the northern part of the region late Sunday, the weather was dry and hot.

Another sign of summer is seeing a few lightning bugs, or as some call them, fire flies lighting up the late evening landscape.

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While, I know there are a few who may not like a late sunset, I happen to enjoy the sun setting now after 9 p.m, which it will do until July 21.

As the days grow longer, you know it won’t be long before the cicadas will be singing in the summer heat.

We just need the heat right? Well, it is definitely on the way — perhaps sooner than you may want it. While the air conditioner may get a brief break as we get a quick surge of cooler air through midweek, the heat will return this coming week with a vengeance.

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After a fairly seasonable month of May, the forecasted hot summer looks to make an appearance about a week early, arriving as soon as this coming weekend.

The latest long-range forecasts show the jet-stream lifting northward by late this week, allowing the heat which has been building across the Southern Plains since last weekend to surge into the Ohio Valley by Sunday. This likely will push the thermometer into the low 90s for the first time this year as early as late this weekend or early next week. And once the heat arrives, don’t look for much relief for a while. The Climate Prediction Center’s eight to 14-day outlook call for temperatures to likely stay above average all the way through the official start of summer on June 21.

As far as precipitation is concerned, we aren’t expecting a lot of rainfall over the next week to 10 days. However, as the humidity rises through mid-June, rain chances will also rise as we head into mid-June, which should help preclude any significant development of drought conditions. There is some good news for our drought-stricken friends in Florida as the pattern does look to yield some beneficial rain for that area as the storm track looks to set up across the region.

For now, enjoy the last few days of comfortable days and cool evenings - and get ready to crank up the air conditioners and fans this weekend.

Eric Elwell is WHIO StormCenter 7 Chief Meteorologist. Contact him at eric.elwell@coxinc.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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