Heat danger prompts cancellations of Independence Day activities in Tri-State

July 5, 2018

From left, Chrissy, Jessica and Aijay DeHart spend Wednesday afternoon fishing at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — Several Fourth of July activities were canceled due to extreme temperatures Wednesday, including outdoor concerts at Central City in Huntington.

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for Cabell County, the Tri-State and a large surrounding area including counties in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

An excessive heat warning is the next step above a heat advisory, according to Kevin McGrath, a meteorologist with the NWS in Charleston. A heat advisory is issued when the heat index reaches 100 degrees and above, while an excessive heat warning is issued for a heat index above 105.

“We’re just under a dome of high pressure over the Eastern United States, and we have a southerly flow that’s bringing up warm air from the south,” McGrath said.

McGrath said the heat is expected to ease slightly Thursday, July 5, with heat index values dipping into the upper 90s. A front is expected to move in Friday, July 6, bringing temporary relief to the heat and possible thunderstorms and precipitation.

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