Dangerous heat wave will peak late this week


Wednesday marked Day 3 of a prolonged heat wave which has gripped the area this week. High temperatures of 90 or above have been widespread throughout the area on both Monday and Tuesday. The big story over the next few days, however, will be the quickly rising dew points.

Heat Index values on Tuesday, despite hot temperatures, only topped out in the upper 90s thanks to lower dew points. But Wednesday marks the first day of rising dew points — which will too out in the mid to upper 70s on Friday. The heat will be peaking around then as well, with highs closer to 100 expected on Thursday and Friday. The combination of the two could lead to the most oppressively hot days of the summer.

With heat index values expected to be well over 100 degrees, we encourage you to review heat related emergency preparations. Stay hydrated. Keep a close eye on the elderly, children and pets. And remember to limit outdoor activity and exposure to the sun if possible.

Looking Ahead:
Some relief is expected by this weekend, but not before more hazardous weather. A strong cold front approaching the area will bring the chance for widespread severe weather throughout the Northeast US on Saturday. The Storm Prediction Center has placed our area in a potential for organized severe weather on Day 4 (Saturday). Stay tuned for more details and analysis as the event draws closer.