Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Research | By Wilma Wheeler

July Outlook: Will this intense heat stick around?

July Outlook: Will this intense heat stick around?

An EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH remains in effect for Tolland and Windham County. Through Wednesday, the 4th of July, we can expect hazy sunshine with high temperatures topping out in the mid to upper 90s, and we'll probably have heat index temperatures near or slightly above 100 degrees, certainly Monday and Tuesday. Above: Heat index readings across southern New England. Drink fluids often, even if you do not feel thirsty.

"The week will start out mild, with temperatures going up a degree or two each day", said James Brotherton, a weather service forecaster.

Despite the heat and humidity, Saturday's high temperature is not expected to break the record-high 99 degrees for June 30 that was set in 1953, according to NWS meteorologist Stephen Rodriguez.

Extreme heat can cause illness and death among the at-risk population who cannot stay cool. The peak of this round of heat arrives in the Northeast, with all of the region's major cities forecast to be at or near 100 degrees this afternoon. Saturday and Sunday will be hot and humid with highs in the low 90s on both days, but the humidity will make it feel more like 100 degrees at times.

"Oppressive heat and humidity combined with ample sunshine, make for unsafe conditions", according to the National Weather Service's website, and people are advised to stay cool indoors and avoid strenuous activity outdoors amid the heat wave.

July 4TH: Hot, very humid. Slim pop up storm chance late.

The heat indices rose dangerously high earlier this afternoon, with a few spots in the Merrimack Valley and central MA in the 110° range.

Stay out of the sun and avoid extreme temperature changes.

Forecasters say it will be warm and muggy along the ME coast, but still cooler than communities farther inland. Next Friday on most forecast models looks like the next best chance for thunderstorm activity area-wide. High: Low 90s, Low 80s shore.

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