Heat Wave Bears Down On Indiana

Temperatures felt like more than 100 degrees today across much of Bloomington after you factored in the humidity.

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Hoosiers should see some relief from the heat Wednesday, but above average temperatures will return for the weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for much of Indiana.  Temperatures soared into the upper 90s across much of the state.  With the humidity factored in it actually felt more like 110 to 115.  National Weather Service Meteorologist John Hendrickson says the heat is coming from a high pressure system that stretches from the Great Plains to the Ohio River Valley.

“It’s causing temperatures to rise well into the 90s and in addition we are getting some moisture coming up from the Gulf of Mexico that’s causing our dew points and humidities to become quite high as well,” said Hendrickson.

Hendrickson says it is unusual for two systems to combine like this and cause such an increase in temperatures.  Despite the heat, construction workers were still out today on the Indiana University campus.  Carlos Webb was sealing concrete to prevent it from cracking this winter.  He described the heat in one word:

“Miserable.  Right now, you know, it is miserable,”  said Webb.  “There is no air stirring so it is probably about like being in a desert right now.”

Temperatures are supposed to drop to more seasonal levels tomorrow, but they’ll creep back up into the mid and upper 90s for the weekend.

 

 

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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