Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
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'Extreme, dangerous' heat to continue this week, meteorologists say

'Extreme, dangerous' heat to continue this week, meteorologists say

The temperature on Fourth of July will be over 90 across most of the eastern half of the U.S. Temperatures on Friday remain in the lower 90s but before the front comes through the humidity could push back up into the more than oppressive range, making it feel close to 100 on the Heat Index chart.

Phoenix is expected to climb to 115 degrees on Thursday.

Temperatures are expected to be 10 degrees above normal across New England, according to the weather service.

A heat wave is officially marked by three consecutive days of temperatures 90 degrees or above.

The National Weather Service said Monday the hot conditions will persist throughout MA for the fourth straight day, and that in some communities away from the cooling sea breezes, the heat index will break into the triple digits.

While it does look like a brief cool down will reach parts of the Midwest and Northeast this weekend, the new climate outlook is showing high probabilities of well-above average temperatures in the Northeast for the month of July. While it is weakening considerably as it moves towards us, we still run the risk for afternoon and evening showers and t'storms. In addition, be sure to check on vulnerable friends, family members and neighbors. Some rain may linger into Friday.

"Heat exhaustion is on the milder side; that's when you first feel that you're dehydrated, you're sweating a lot, you're nauseous", said Dr. Eric Shobitz, a pediatric emergency doctor at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center.

Children and pets should not be left alone in vehicles, and everyone should watch out for the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Avoid strenuous activity, especially between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Looking for ways to keep cool?

In addition to using public pools, state officials also suggest staying in an air-conditioned location for several hours, if possible.

There were fewer than 200 Con Edison customers without power as of 1:27 p.m., but power issues are more likely in extreme heat.

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