September 02, 2011
High school football players tonight may be glad they began practice in extreme heat earlier this summer.
When teams kick off tonight, a heat advisory that begins at noon today will remain in effect. The National Weather Service at Indianapolis predicts the high temperature will hit between 95 and 100 today. It’ll be the third consecutive day of temperatures in the 90s, with a fourth day of extreme heat expected Saturday before a cooldown that may have some people reaching for a light jacket on Monday.
The heat advisory should continue through 8 p.m. tonight.
Thursday’s high was 99 in Indianapolis, the hottest reading for September since Sept. 6, 1954, when the high temperature also reached 99.
If the temperature reaches 100 today or Saturday, it’ll be the first time that’s happened in September since Sept. 5, 1954. The 100 mark is the highest ever reached in Indianapolis during September; it’s also occurred two days in both 1939 and 1953.
Indianapolis last hit 100 on July 21. The city’s most recent summer with two days of 100 degrees or higher occurred in 1988.
The number of days with high temperatures of 90 or higher, 40 through Thursday, ranks as the 10th most in Indianapolis weather records.
Thunderstorms are possible from late Saturday afternoon into Sunday evening. Indications early today called for possible strong to isolated severe storms Saturday night into Sunday, with a chance of storms north and west of Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon. The primary threat would be damaging winds, with large hail also possible, the weather service said.
The rain will be welcome by many. Parts of central and southern Indiana — including Indianapolis and points south of I-70 — are in a severe drought, with extreme conditions in Morgan and Johnson counties south of Indianapolis.
Sunday’s highs in central Indiana could range from 79 to 85 degrees. Monday’s highs could range from 72 to 77 degrees.