More than 113 million Americans are under heat warnings or advisories, stretching from the Lehigh Valley to Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Baltimore and Washington D.C., according to the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center. Sunday marks the second day in a row over 90 degrees and meteorologists expect Monday to have the same high temperatures, which would make it officially a heat wave.
Spotty showers and thunderstorms are expected during the afternoon. There's no widespread or organized threat here, but any storm can be locally potent, with heavy rain and frequent lightning the main threats. Highs may again drift into the low 90s, but showers and storms in the afternoon and evening may keep numbers down just a little.
FRIDAY: Very humid with showers and storms developing. Heat indeces look to push close to 100 by the afternoon. Although we will see some occasional dips in the daily temperatures, the trend shows longer periods of highs in the 90s locking in frequently.
"The week will start out mild, with temperatures going up a degree or two each day", said James Brotherton, a weather service forecaster. In fact, we beat the previous wettest June by over three inches thanks to the torrential rain last Friday.
A man wipes his brown in Bangor during a heat wave.
Cooling centers and pools have opened throughout the city as the heat sets in for an extended sweltering stay through the Fourth of July holiday. During the daytime hours it's expected to be partly sunny with a high approaching 90 and calm winds out of the southeast. Temperatures will continue to climb into the 90s in much of Upstate through Thursday. Cooler sea breezes will develop on the shore each day with highs in the 80s. Also, don't forget to check on the young, the elderly, and pets, all groups more susceptible to the excessive heat. Highs on Saturday and Sunday will be from 80-85 with lows in the upper 50s and low 60s.
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