Excessive heat expected this weekend, heat index could hit 110

Terry Joseph
July 2, 2018

Almost 60 million people across the nation's midsection are under some type of heat watch, warning or advisory from the National Weather Service as the worst heat wave of 2018 arrives.

The worst of it appears to be today and tomorrow, though, with a heat advisory in effect now through 8 p.m. Monday. The good news is that Thursday will be the hottest day, according to the Weather Service. Highs will rise back into the lower 90s during the afternoon hours and the humid conditions will create heat indices near 100°.

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.

Thermometers are expected to soar 10 to 20 degrees above normal through Monday, with record highs potentially recorded from the Great Lakes region to New England, the National Weather Service said.

A heat warning has been extended until 7 p.m. Sunday as the Chicago area continues to see scorching temperatures mixed with thick humidity.

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In the metro area, Friday's high under sunny skies will be 98, with heat index values near 109. Heat index values will soar into the 100s, with localized 105-degree heat-index values in urban areas of the Northeast.

With beachgoers are flocking to the Shore this holiday weekend, forecasters urge caution to prevent heat exhaustion.

Be aware children and the elderly are more susceptible to heat.

The heat will stick around during the first week of July. Cool down with water activities. If a victim is continuously vomiting or loses consciousness, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. Check the temperatures in your neighborhood with our Current Temperatures Map. Not only that, but it will be important to put on sunscreen if you plan on spending time outdoors and be sure to reapply it often.

Also, a must: wearing light-colored, light-weight clothing and drinking plenty of water. If you have an air conditioner, it will be doing lots of work in the coming days.

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