While some areas have been spared summer’s brutal heat thus far, that could change as we head into second half of July when we see the hotter air of the season head east.
We’ve already seen the heat set records in parts of the South and Southwest.
Cities in Texas broke all-time July records earlier this week.
This past Sunday, Death Valley, located in the desert southwest, recorded the highest temperature measured anywhere on the planet since 2017.
While some have dealt with the extremity of the heat, for others, it’s been the duration that has gotten people’s attention.
On Thursday, Washington, DC fell just short of tying the longest stretch of 90-degree days in their record books logging 20 straight days in the 90s before finally failing to reach the record 21 days.
The Federal City will surge right back into the 90s however as we finish out the week.
Heat to Come
A ridge of high pressure will migrate over the weekend, bringing the hottest air of the summer with it.
Starting in the Midwest, where heat alerts have been issued for tens of millions, the heat will build on Friday before peaking on Saturday with highs well into the 90s.
Late weekend into early next weekend looks to be hottest of the days in the East with cities like New York and Boston forecast to see daytime highs in the mid-90s on Sunday.
Moisture from the south will be transported northward, helping make it feel even hotter than what the thermometer displays.
In fact, much of the Southeast and even parts of the Northeast will feel like it’s over 100 degrees at times this weekend and into early next week.
Relief won’t be able to come soon enough. A cold front is expected to finally help cool most areas down to near average by next Tuesday.
Keep in Mind
Often times we overlook just how dangerous this type of weather can be.
Heat is the deadliest form of all weather hazards.
Sadly, dozens of children lose their lives each year after being left in a hot car. Never leave a young child or pet in a vehicle exposed to the sun, even for a few minutes.
Remember to drink plenty of water and not overexert yourself outdoors. Be mindful of the signs of heat exhaustion and seek shelter indoors immediately if you begin to feel faint.
The National Weather Service provides a great resource with more ways to stay safe when temps rise.