National Weather Service Paducah, via Twitter

The National Weather Service in Paducah says temperatures have topped 100 degrees today in a reading at Barkley Regional Airport. NWS tweets that the previous record was 98 degrees in 1946. 

Remember the headlines a few weeks back, when the World Health Organization categorized red and processed meats as cancer-causing?

Turns out, the techniques you use to prepare your meat seem to play into this risk.

National Weather Service Paducah, via weather.gov

  A National Weather Service heat advisory will take effect for the region at 1 p.m. Saturday, lasting through Sunday evening.

Saturday's forecast calls for a high of 96 degrees, with heat index values as high as 110. Sunday, highs will again be in the mid-90s with heat index values in the 105-110 range.


This year could go on record as the hottest year ever, both nationally and regionally. The National Weather Service says the year to date average temperature for the Paducah region is 63.6 degrees, 1.2 degrees higher than the second warmest year in 1954.

A water shortage watch has been issued today for 27 counties spread across Kentucky.  Environmental scientist Bill Caldwell of the Kentucky Division of Water says residents of those counties should pay attention to possible calls for water conservation.

Ten counties in our area have opened cooling stations, giving the public with a place to avoid high temperatures and reduce health risks caused by excessive heat. 

Open Fires Banned in LBL

Jun 29, 2012
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The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area has banned open fires due to prolonged high heat and dry conditions in the region.  

The City of Clarksville opens cooling stations today to aid residents during record high temperatures. 

Cooling stations are open today in Hopkins County, Kentucky and Henry County, Tennessee as temperatures reach record highs.