This Weekend record heat wilted American who celebrate the Independence Day Weekend. Temperatures in the high 90’s and the very low 100’s and stifling humidity made life unbearable for millions from Chicago to New York and From Maine to South Carolina.
In some locations this heat wave will rival many that have occurred in the past 20 years with the potential for up to a several-day stretch of temperatures in the upper 90s to low 100s from southern New England to the Carolinas.
Wednesday in northern areas, while the Carolinas will feel the inferno later in the week as the core of the heat wave shifts to the south.
The massive high pressure area that had its origins in central Canada is being worked over by intense July sunshine over the eastern U.S. Locations that experienced record-challenging lows last week will be facing record-challenging highs this week.
Humidity levels will slowly climb as the week progresses. Even as actual high temperatures throttle back in northern areas later in the week, higher humidity levels keep AccuWeather.com RealFeel;® temperatures at a steady, extreme state.
Temperatures shattered records on Monday and Tuesday. From WCBS-TV/HDTV “CBS 2 NEWS”:
Records were broken in New York City’s Central Park and LaGuardia Airport along with Newark, N.J., where temperatures at all locations hit 103 degrees. The previous records for Central Park and LaGuardia were 101 degrees each, while Newark’s old mark was 102.
Islip, N.Y. and John F. Kennedy International Airport also set records at 101 degrees, and Bridgeport, Conn. tied its previous record of 98 degrees.
All the previous records were set in 1999.
The National Weather Service issued heat advisories until 11 p.m. Wednesday for much of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, including an excessive heat warning for the Philadelphia area. Wednesday was forecast to be the most humid day of the stretch.
The heat was expected to put a heavy load on the power grid.
“We expect to have record energy use today. It will be a challenge,” said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Utilities and regional electrical system operators said there is ample generation capacity and no major blackouts were expected.
“The system is designed for what we are experiencing today,” said Con Edison senior vice president John Miksad.
Over the weekend Major cities from Boston to Indianapolis open cooling centers to help the weak,elderly and those who don’t air conditioning. Many people found ways to beat heat, heading to park swimming pools, beaches, lakes to cool off.
The nation’s Capitol also shattered records. From WTOP 103.5FM:
The D.C. region is roasting under record-breaking temperatures of more than 100 degrees, high humidity and heat index values of more than 105 degrees.
Tuesday marks the first time the region has hit 100 degrees in July since 1999.
A new record high of 104 degrees was measured at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport early Tuesday afternoon, according to the ABC 7 First Alert Forecast.
The previous record was 101 degrees set in 1999.
The record for July 6 is 103 degrees at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and 102 degrees at Dulles International Airport.
A heat advisory is in effect until 11 p.m. Wednesday.
“It will feel like 105-plus degrees through the afternoon,” says ABC 7 Meteorologist Brian van de Graaff.
“Hunker down and find a cool spot. It’s going to be rough.”
In addition to a heat advisory, the air quality is a Code Orange and projected to be that through Thursday. The Metropolitan Council of Governments suggests seniors, adults with respiratory problems and young children limit their time outside.
In Philadelphia the heat led to the death of a 92 year old Woman in West Phildelphia. From KYW-TV “Channel 3 Eyewitness News”
The Health Department said hot weather claimed the life of an elderly woman in West Philadelphia Monday.
A neighbor apparently discovered the body of a 92-year-old woman in a second floor bedroom.
While there were open windows and fans on the first floor, officials said most windows on the second floor were shut.