What’s With This Heat?


MACON, GA. (41NBC/WMGT) – I’m sure you’re wondering why it’s so hot this week. There are two weather patterns working together to create hot and dry conditions. In the upper levels of the atmosphere, a ridge is building across the Midwest and east coast. In the lower levels of the atmosphere, there is a surface high pressure strengthening over the Atlantic Ocean (also known as the Bermuda High).

Typically with a high pressure system, you get air that sinks and compresses. As the air sinks and compresses, its temperature increases. A dome of heat is setting up under the ridge where there is a broad area of sinking air. For this reason, temperatures will climb into the 90’s today.

The Bermuda High and ridge will take control of our weather through Friday. Temperatures will continue to trend in the 90’s before slowly dropping into the 80’s this weekend. Our only sense of relief will be a cold front that moves through this weekend, increasing our rain chances and decreasing our temperatures.

Stop by the Kroger on Tom Hill Sr. Blvd this Wednesday to enjoy the air conditioning while having your weather radios programmed by the 41First Alert Storm Team! You can either bring in your own weather radio or purchase one there. Our meteorologists will be there to help you program the device for your county’s warnings.

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  Kristen Kennedy joined the 41NBC First Alert Storm Team in May 2016. Kristen is not new to the state of Georgia - she was born and raised in Roswell, just north of Atlanta. Kristen developed a passion for weather at an early age - as early as the third grade! Her excitement and interest in meteorology continued throughout her years of higher education. Kristen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mississippi State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences, concentrating in Professional Meteorology with Broadcast Emphasis. She also has a minor in Broadcast Communications. In college, Kristen was a member of the broadcast meteorology program's Campus Connect Forecast where she produced and recorded forecasts weekly, reported weather hits for radio, wrote forecast updates for the student newspaper and worked extensively on social media. She also won 2nd Place in the College Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters awards banquet for the Best College Weathercast. Aside from her time forecasting the weather in college, Kristen also interned at WSB-TV, a local news station in Atlanta, during the summer of 2015. When she's not monitoring weather conditions, Kristen is probably talking or watching sports. She grew up watching her brothers play and even got involved in a few sports herself. Kristen loves college football, though she is biased towards the SEC. She notes that Saturdays down south in the fall are arguably some of the best days of the year. She has always been an Atlanta Braves fan, and she also enjoys watching the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Hawks battle it out against their opponents. Kristen also loves the outdoors and exploring new locations to hammock with a view. She constantly has an eye to the sky, and eagerly awaits sunset each day - hoping for a colorful sky to capture with her camera. She is excited to finally experience some beautiful sunrises now that she's working the morning side of the day. You can catch Kristen's forecasts daily on 41 Daybreak from 5-7 AM and on 41 Today at 11 AM.