A heat wave is going to hit the American Northeast just in time for the July 4th holiday.
Break out the sunscreen and stock up on the Haagen-Dazs, because the heat is about to hit the East Coast. Starting on Thursday and lasting for roughly a week will be the hottest days of summer thanks to a warm and stagnant air mass that will envelop the North East part of the continent from Chicago all the way to Montreal and Boston.
Expect temperatures to reach well into the 90s over this heatwave. Temperatures will rise steadily until the weekend at which point we’ll hit peak heat. Try to schedule some beach days or some time at the local pool so that you can stay cool while it’s hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk.
Local weather patterns will exacerbate the heat so that it’ll feel a lot hotter than it actually is. The air mass will stagnate for a while, so there won’t be any wind and humidity will accumulate for days so that the weather will be hot, muggy, and unbearable. Expect it to feel closer to the mid 100s when factoring in the humidex.
Those without air conditioning are definitely going to suffer. If you’re one of the unlucky ones, try and camp out in your basement for a few days where it’ll be coolest. Ice may be terrible for your waistline, but it’s great to beat the heat without A/C.
With so many air conditioners running the risk of brownouts is very real. If you’re a business owner and will remain closed over the holidays, consider shutting down all non-essential systems to keep the strain on the power grid to a minimum.
Heat is already starting to build in the Midwest and is expected to come to Southern Ontario and then the Appalachians before finally coming to New York and Boston. Urban areas are likely to issue heat alerts and open up air-conditioned shelters for the young, homeless, and the elderly.
The risk of heat stroke and heat exhaustion is very real in these extreme temperatures, so stay indoors and avoid any outdoor activity if at all possible. Except for the kind of activity that involves water parks and beaches. Those are fine so long as you apply a hefty layer of sunscreen.
Stay safe out there!