From the ABC 7 Weather team

Major heat and humidity make a comeback

July 18, 2011 - 05:35 AM
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We’ve had 24 days already this year of 90+ heat and we’re going to add to that number in a big way this week.

Today: Patchy Clouds, Warmer & A Bit More Humid

Highs: 91-95 | Wind: SW 5-10

Overnight: Few Storms Possible, Especially Late

Lows: 67-73 | Wind: Light SW

Tomorrow: Partly Sunny, Hot and Muggy, Scattered Storms

Highs: 91-95 | Wind: W 5-10

With high pressure parked over the Atlantic Ocean for much of this week, we will be on the receiving end of a toasty and muggy southwest breeze that will boost temperatures well into the 90s this week and lead to a long-lived heat wave. Expect scattered clouds today with added heat and a touch of humidity as highs soar into the 90s. A weak disturbance this evening could ignite a few thunderstorms but they will only provide temporary relief.

Highs will soar into the mid 90s Tuesday and Wednesday with increasing humidity levels. Heat index values—a “feels like” measure of heat and humidity—will be running near 100 Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday afternoon we could get some relief from some scattered t-storms, but the threat greatly diminishes for Wednesday. This as dangerous heat and humidity begin to build in with air temperatures in the upper 90s to near 100 and heat indices of 110! Be sure to practice those heat safety tips you know so well: drink plenty of water, slow down, stay in a cool place, avoid strenuous activity outdoors, dress in light-colored and loose-fitting clothing, and check on the pets and elderly. Have a good week and stay cool!

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