Rowan weather: Hot, hot, hot, and bad air, too

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 16, 2014

Although there’s no mention of rain in today’s forecast, the National Weather Service is saying a line of storms could develop this afternoon and potentially become severe along the I-40 corridor.
This looks like a week of high temps and little chance of rain. Remember to take care of your pets in this hot weather. Keep them inside or provide shade and plenty of cool water. You’ll also have to keep an eye on your container plants, which will need water every day.
Today is a code orange air day, meaning the air is unhealthy for children, active adults and those with heart or respiratory conditions, including asthma. Limit your outdoor activity.
Today will be mostly sonny and hot, near 90, but the rest of the week will be even hotter. The low tonight will be around 69.
Tuesday’s high will be near 92, with a slight chance (20 percent) of showers and storms Tuesday night and a low around 68.
The sun continues to cook us on Wednesday, with a high of 93. Again, an evening shower is barely possible (20 percent) with a low around 70.
The air quality is predicted to be moderate Tuesday and Wednesday. Unusually sensitive people may be affected, especially as air quality moves toward code orange.
It’s more of the same for Thursday and Friday — sunny, hot and near 93 Thursday; low of 71. Sunny, hot Friday, with a high near 92 and a low around 70.
Saturday, the first day of summer, will live up to expectations: partly sunny, hot, near 92, with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The evening low will be around 70, with another 30 percent chance of rain.
Sunday, we might not hit 90, but it will be very close, at 89, with another 30 percent chance of showers and storms.
Make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and to use sunscreen as the UV index is very high.