First Alert Weather: The Longest Heat Wave of the Summer Ahead

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NBC10- J.R. Smith
Another hot week ahead!
The NBC10 First Alert Team expects it to feel especially Summery over the next several days with high humidity, isolated thunderstorms, and temperatures climbing into the 90s each afternoon.
Here are the forecast highs Wednesday, accompanied by the “feels-like” temperatures in red. Many of us will see temperatures in the low 90s. With dew points climbing (which indicates plenty of moisture in our air), it’ll feel more like mid 90s to around 100 degrees.
Take a look at the feels like conditions over the next few days. It was steamy Tuesday, and will feel even worse beginning Wednesday through Thursday. Even Friday will feel oppressive thanks to high temperatures in the mid 90s mixed with humid conditions.
It would feel hot, even if it weren’t humid. Take a look at the temperature trend! Temperatures around 90 Tuesday will climb to the low to mid 90s through Saturday! This will make for the longest heat wave so far this year. We’ll see 90s potentially straight through the weekend and into early next week.
Here are the feels like temperatures from one computer model for Thursday afternoon. Just like Wednesday, it’ll feel between 95 and 100 degrees across the region! That means you need to keep in the shade or (better yet) air conditioning during the afternoon hours especially.
Although the humidity slightly fluctuates over the next several days, it’ll be high enough to make it feel between 95-100 degrees all the way through Saturday.
Now let’s talk storms. During summer, high humidity and temperatures in the upper 80s to 90s is a recipe for isolated to scattered storms. We’ll see this potential continue Wednesday, but it’s somewhat limited. Why? Because while we have plenty of moisture (higher dew points) at the surface, higher levels of the atmosphere are a bit too dry. That means it more difficult for storms to develop. Still, we may see an isolated thunderstorm develop across the region Wednesday. Many of us will stay dry. Notice how spotty the storm development is from one computer model called the NAM for Wednesday afternoon.
Thursday is looking even drier, but we may see storms return to the area by late Friday into Saturday as a cold front attempts to approach us. We’ll update you on that as it gets closer to the event.
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