Upstate NY under hot weather alert for 'prolonged heat wave'

Upstate NY under hot weather alert for 'prolonged heat wave'

TONIGHT - Clear Skies and Warm. Combined with the humidity, it could feel as hot as 110. The Delaware Valley is facing a likely heat wave this weekend, with temperatures expected to reach 90 degrees over the next several days.

"The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a risky situation in which heat illnesses are likely", the National Weather Service said. Moist air will make the forecast temperatures feel more like 100 degrees.

Denver reached 105 degrees on Thursday, tying its all-time record-high temperature, so for those clinging to the beaches in NY, it could be worse.

Tuesday will be sunny and hot with a high of 95 and a low of 74.

Sunday's record high is 102, set in 1931. However, when the ambient temperature is at or above the temperature of your body, you're actually just moving the hot air over your skin. The thunderstorms will become more scattered during the late evening hours.

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Friday, the high was 96 degrees at 2:50 p.m. - one degree shy of the 1954 record of 97 degrees for the hottest June 29. By Wednesday the heat index high for the region will be around 97. "Last summer, the longest stretch of 90-degree days was mostly in the four- to five-day range for areas north of the Mason-Dixon Line". Drink plenty of water and have places to go where you can cool off, preferably somewhere with A/C. Air-conditioning will be the best resource to stay cool tomorrow and Sunday. Some residents are urged to limit their time outdoors including young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems.

It is very easy to get dehydrated when it is so hot and humid. We'll still have highs topping out in the low 90s with high humidity once again.

- Southern-style heat is expected this weekend. July is expected to average out higher.

This weekend is so hot, that it can be downright unsafe; otherwise it's great to enjoy water activities.

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