Hot days are here to stay
For many parts of the country, the summer so far, can be defined by the three H's -Hazy, Hot and Humid. Temperatures have topped out above 100 degrees throughout the south, Midwest and even mid-Atlantic regions.
Gary Szatkowski, the meteorologist-in-charge, at the National Weather Service, NJ says, “The forecast for most of the country, is for above normal temperatures, for the rest of the summer. Will it be the extreme heat we've seen so far? We don’t have the skill to say that, but certainly right now there is nothing to indicate that we will swing back to normal or below normal temperatures.”
Szatkowski says this January to June, will turn out to be the warmest, nationally.
“If climate was kind of steady, you'd expect to see the same number of record highs and record lows. Recently, in the past decade there is 2-1 ratio of record highs to record lows. This year it's been 7-1 so more record highs to record lows. It's been a very warm, very hot year,” explains Szatkowski
It's not just about the sweltering heat. What makes the summer especially torrid, is the humidity. That is the moisture in the air, which adds to the heat index.
“The temperature can be lower, but if the humidity is very high- the amount of moisture in the air -that will trigger the need for advisories and warnings because of excessive heat. So humidity is a big player- this time of the year, it doesn’t take much to get to 90 degrees. It is the heart of summer, so a lot of times, the deciding factor is the humidity,” adds Szatkowski
But where does that humidity come fromExperts say the midwest, southeast and east coast.
“The Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean.If you're getting any kind of wind flow from those water bodies, then the humidity will be higher and the heat index is going to go up,” states the meteorologist
Everyone wants to beat the heat and humidity, anyway possible! For some it's a lemonade, others a water spray, and some just go for a vacation, to beat the heat!
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