The hottest conditions of the summer continue to bake parts of the East Coast this week.
Heat alerts are in effect Tuesday for over 10 million people for parts of the Carolinas into the Mid-Atlantic.
This marks the fourth day of intense heat with many areas seeing their first official heat wave of the summer. Over the weekend, temperatures soared to 100 degrees and higher in cities like Baltimore, Norfolk, and Richmond.
After climbing to 99 in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, we saw a repeat on Monday, forcing the nation’s capital to temporarily close their public COVID-19 testing sites.
A ridge of high pressure is to blame for the excessive heat. Sitting off the East Coast, it is helping to drive warm air along with abundant moisture northward. The two combined is creating an air mass that feels more like 100 degrees or higher for many locales.
A slow-moving cold front is helping to bring minor relief to parts of the Northeast today before rain and storms arrive midweek to provide more substantial assistance.
Heat is one of the deadliest forms of weather and it’s important to understand the risk that comes with it. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and take breaks indoors if spending prolonged periods of time outdoors.
Never leave a pet or child unattended in a vehicle. The inside of a car can quickly rise to lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes, even with the windows cracked.
Be familiar with the signs of heat exhaustion and seek attention immediately if you begin to feel fatigued or faint.