Northeast heat wave promises a scorching July Fourth

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Today's temperatures as expected to be in the mid-90s with higher humidity, prompting the advisory. Lows in the mid 70s. That will come as the low pressure system in the Gulf moves westward across the Alabama and MS coasts.

Next week brings a warming trend with humidity still low on Monday before increasing by Tuesday. Showers and thunderstorms have their best chance of forming this afternoon into early evening. Boston got 3 straight days on Friday, Saturday & Sunday to make it an official heat wave but that was broken Monday by a high of only 83 at Logan. Some of the storms may be strong with torrential rains likely.

But later this week, a storm front is expected to roll through and cool down the eastern seaboard for the weekend, Petersen said, providing relief to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia on Friday night before heading down to the Carolinas. The Heat index on Wednesday should fall below the 100 mark for the first time since Sunday.

We just finished up the wettest May and June on record.

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Looking ahead, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch Wednesday, to affect a seven-county area in Minnesota. Some heavy rain possible. Winds S/NE 5-10 miles per hour.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. South winds around 5 miles per hour.

The warmest day of the heat wave was Sunday, when the high hit 96 degrees. Winds S 5-15 miles per hour. Scattered thunderstorms are also expected, although the evening looks dry - so there should be no interruption of scheduled fireworks shows. Highs around 88. Wind NE 5-10 miles per hour.

"Once we head into next week, temps will be a little bit cooler - (we'll) still be above normal, still see highs around 90 into mid-week", he said. Very high humidity will be sustained and even increased due to still wet soils from recent rains, evapotranspiration from a growing corn crop and a replenishing of already high dew-point air flowing into our area from the Plains and Mississippi Valley. Lows around 76. Highs around 91.

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