SOUTH BEND – After powerful storms and heavy rainfall hit the Michiana region Monday night, watch out for high humidity and possible record-high temperatures next.
Tuesday and Wednesday are forecasted to be the hottest days this week with expected temperatures as high as 99 and 97 degrees, respectively. With humidity, the heat index could reach 109 degrees. After sunset, temperatures will remain high – expected to remain in the mid-70s both Tuesday and Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service.
Wednesday night, right as the heat warning is set to expire. Thursday will be cool with a high of 90 degrees before temperatures fall back into the weekend, according to the weather service.
Heavy storms Monday night added stress for many in the region preparing for the heat. WSBT-TV, the Tribune’s reporting partner, reports multiple instances across the area of storm damage.
Indiana Michigan Power said about 37,800 of its area customers were without power, as of 11 am Tuesday. The company crews had restored power to Around 3,000 customers by then. Full power in South Bend and Elkhart is expected to be restored by 6 pm Tuesday and by 8 pm Wednesday in the Buchanan, Mich., Area.
The National Weather Service reports it’s still collecting rain and storm damage data, as of early Tuesday morning.
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With a forecasted high temperature of 99 degrees Tuesday, South Bend could see its hottest June 14 ever. In 1988, his record high of 96 degrees was recorded for the day.
“This is not normal, usually we see this more in July,” said Megan Dodson, meteorologist for NWS – Northern Indiana.
The weather service issued an excessive heat warning through Wednesday evening.
The weather service uses the heat index, a formula that takes into account both temperature and humidity, to determine its weather alerts, Dodson said. Heat advisories are upgraded to the 110 degree range.
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As South Bend nears the official start of summer, temperatures are expected to be 30% to 40% higher than normal, Dodson said. Rather than record high temperatures all summer, expect “hot patterns,” she added.
The hottest temperature recorded in South Bend was ever 109 degrees on July 24, 1934.
(But) “I don’t think we’re going to record that over the next couple days,” she said.
The St. Joseph County Health Department issued an extreme heat public health advisory Monday. The release reminded county residents that “exposure to extreme heat outdoors or the inability to cool down indoors can cause serious life-threatening health problems.”
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The department recalled people to seek air-conditioned indoor spaces, limit time outdoors, wear sunscreen, be mindful of drinking fluids and eat light meals, and not leave children or pets in parked cars.
The county’s offering community centers and local libraries as cooling shelters, including the Charles Black Community Center, Howard Park Event Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, O’Brien Fitness Center and Pinhook Community Center.
As the Goshen Public Library announced the Goshen Public Library will be designated cooling center through Friday. Hours can be found online.
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