Last week, the Kentucky Mesonet post in Trigg County recorded a high of 102.7 degrees and a high humidity of 98 percent. Meanwhile the high temperature recorded in western Kentucky last week 107.8 degrees, in nearby Hopkins County, where a maximum humidity of 101 percent was also recorded.
“My crews have been trying to beat the heat, but it’s been a full-time job,” Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Fowler said last week.
As a result of the high heat and humidity, the county has decided to have a temporary cooling center at the John L. Street Library from about 10 a.m. to about 6 p.m. this week and for as long as it is as hot as it is currently, said Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries.
The center is for people whose air conditioning units have broken down or who otherwise have no access to air conditioning, said Humphries, who added that the American Red Cross is also on standby in case.
The county had been considering using the new Trigg County Senior Center as a possible cooling center, but it was determined that the library would be more suitable since it has a basement in case a large amount of people need to cool off, said Humphries.
“We’ve seen some record highs and record humidity,” Humphries said.
Even with the drought, water use has been at well below capacity in Cadiz, Fowler. On the day of highest usage, Cadiz residents used 685,000 gallons, or 76 percent of the city’s capacity, he added.
John Jordan, administrator of Lake Barkley State Resort Park, said he’s never seen it this hot before. What such temperatures have meant for the park is that his staff haven’t had to mow as much but have had to water grass in areas like the golf course more.
While levels on Lake Barkley have probably gone down slightly, they haven’t affected the ability of people to go boating or to do other activities on the lake, Jordan said.
The local Pennyrile Electric branch has been “running fine” and infrastructure will probably continue to work through the heat, said Pennyrile Electric District Manager Ricky Turner, who noted that there have been no outages so far.
Like many workers who have to work outside, county workers have been starting at 6 a.m. and have been trying to finish before it gets too hot, said Humphries. He also said that county workers have been given extra water and Gatorade and more breaks.