Unsafe heat wave hitting USA over Fourth of July weekend


Hazy, hot and humid conditions are expected for central Pennsylvania again on Monday as the heat wave continues to broil the area, according to forecasters.

Excessive heat warnings and watches have been issued for many major metropolitan areas, including Kansas City, Missouri; Chicago; Detroit; Philadelphia; New York City; Hartford, Connecticut; and Albany, New York. Sunday will be the apex of the heat - with temps possibly eclipsing 100 degrees - not factoring in the heat index.

The same, or actually a bit worse, is happening on Sunday, with a forecasted high of 96 and a heat index of 103. Temperatures will be slightly cooler on Sunday, but that is a relative term. The current expected high temperature is 98. "Drink plenty of water, use air conditioning or go to an air-conditioned place, and avoid strenuous outdoor activity during the periods of intense heat".

Sleeping will be extremely hard without air conditioning as heat from the pavement will be ruthless, USA Today reports. Because a heat stroke is an emergency situation, 9-1-1 should be called. This heat can create health problems for some, so here are some tips that can be used to look out for during the first official heat wave of the summer. The high is projected to hit at least 90 through Thursday.

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"The biggest heat will be away from the ocean, in the low 90s, maybe the mid-90s up around Lawrence and Lowell", Simpson said.

The NWS says the heat advisory continues until 8 p.m. Sunday and will be valid from noon to 8 p.m. on Monday as well. For Independence Day, highs in the low 90s with mostly sunny skies.

Additionally, storms will move slowly due to the major ridge of high pressure bringing the heat wave to the east. Slow-moving thunderstorms will cause possible flash flooding. Winds will be light out of the south southwest at 5 to 10 miles per hour.

TONIGHT - Clear, Muggy and Warm. South wind 5 to 7 miles per hour.