Old man summer is about to pull a one-two-three punch on Kentucky as high temperatures move into the state during the Thursday through Monday period making an already bad drought situation worse with little likelihood for rain any time soon. And that will increase the chance for wildfires — causing a number of communities across the state to ban outdoor burning.
Beginning Thursday and continuing at least until Monday, the National Weather Service said high temperatures will range from 95 to 100 degrees across Kentucky. With little or no rain expected, NWS said drought conditions will only worsen. The one bright spot is that humidity levels will stay relatively low, the weather service said.
Several counties have implemented burn bans. According to the state Division of Forestry, burn bans have been declared in these counties:
Ballard, Carlisle, Clark, Crittenden, Graves, Hickman, Henderson, Hopkins, Jessamine, Laurel, Madison, Marshall, McLean, Muhlenberg, Union, Webster and Whitley counties.