Drought conditions become more possible as rain stays away

While areas to the north and west got rain Sunday, the southern Pennyrile region remained dry and drought conditions could settle in relatively soon if substantial rain doesn’t arrive.

Some areas just north of the Ohio River were soaked with three to four inches of rain Sunday before the storm system encountered very dry air in western Kentucky. Christian, Todd and Trigg counties remain very dry with very little to no rain in over a week and Sean Poulos with the National Weather Service in Paducah says the region could officially enter a drought status if nothing changes soon.

Heat and humidity return Wednesday and Thursday after a relatively pleasant start to the week and Poulos says some rain will be possible over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

He says it’s too soon to say if Sunday and Monday—the two nights when most fireworks displays will go off—will be rainy.

There are currently no indications of any major severe weather outbreaks in the next few days in western Kentucky.