First Alert over: Staying scorching through Sunday

Meteorologist Ben Cathey says we’re closing in on the hottest day in nearly a decade! Keep reading to see when the rain comes.
Published: Jun. 22, 2022 at 4:26 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2022 at 10:42 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - We’re through with the hottest day of the year, folks! The mid 90s continue unabated in the Tennessee River Valley through Sunday.

There’s a limited window for showers and rain storms tonight and Thursday but the best shot for rain is Monday.

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That’s a close call! We had several reports of 99 degrees Wednesday, and some thermometers were WELL over 100. The First Alert and Severe Thunderstorm Watch are over, but it’s toasty tonight. It will feel above 80 degrees for several more hours.

These showers dissipate fairly quickly and are mostly out of here by dawn. At 5:05 a.m. the International Space Station flies over all of East Tennessee. It will be visible until 5:10. Just before 6:00 a.m., the five closest planets to Earth line up, in order. The twist here is that you’ll also see the crescent moon between Venus and Mars.

During the day Thursday, the humidity drops a little during the afternoon. Despite that, we’re still really toasty. The high in the Valley is 94 degrees! Yikes! There may be a tiny storm or two, mostly way up in the Smokies.


We have a trio of 90s through the weekend! There’s small chances for rain Saturday and Sunday, though yet again, it’s way up in the mountains, barring big changes.

And then there’s Monday! This is our best chance for rain in the last week, and in the upcoming week! There will likely be a good amount of lightning. After two mild-er days, we are right back to the 90s!

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