Hot Weather Bakes East For One More Day
UPDATED 10 AM EDT, July 20, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill
Today is the final leg of the intense heat wave baking the East before relief arrives for the second half of the weekend.
Excessive Heat Warnings are in place across the Philadelphia metro area, with Heat Advisories in place from southern Maryland to southern New York, and across interior southern New England. This includes Boston, Manchester, N.H., Hartford, Conn., New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
The same high pressure responsible for the extended heat wave will sit off the Carolina coast today, pumping hot and humid air northward into the Northeast. Temperatures will climb into the 90s once again across the East, with temperatures feeling more like 105 to 110 degrees with the humidity included.
However, a cold front will slide eastward by afternoon, bringing dangerous storms
to the Ohio Valley, northern Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The hot and humid air will help destabilize the atmosphere, clashing with the cooler air behind the front.
Cooler air will seep into the region behind the front, with temperatures returning to seasonal averages in Boston, New York and Washington as highs climb into the upper 80s on Sunday, and holding in the lower 80s by Monday and Tuesday.
The heat wave has already been responsible for numerous record highs. Just on Friday, temperatures broke a daily record at New York`s LaGuardia Airport, reaching a high of 99 degrees. Boston also reached 99 degrees today. Newark, N.J., claimed a new record by reaching the century mark. Since the beginning of the week, numerous record high minimum records have also been set, as temperatures have held in the 80s all night. This has compounded the misery of the heat wave.
Make sure to avoid strenuous activity, drink plenty of water, and wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing if you must be outdoors for any length of time. Also, check on neighbors, the elderly and young children, as well as pets in this type of dangerous heat.
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