Northeast’s killer heat wave will peak on Sunday

The most intense and longest heat wave of this summer is already well underway in the Northeast. AccuWeather forecasters say the region’s hottest weather so far this season for many will arrive on Sunday.

The intense heat began last week across much of the northeast and mid-Atlantic, when temperatures soared above normal levels during the hottest part of summer. Residents across the region suffocated and struggled to stay cool to end the week as the heat turned deadly in two states.

At least two people succumbed to the scorching conditions last week. On Thursday, officials from AllentownPennsylvania, said a 73-year-old man became the city’s first heat-related death this year according to NBC10 Philadelphia. The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office said the man “suffered from excessive heat exposure, complicated by underlying medical conditions.”

On Saturday, the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office said a resident died from heat exposure, according to the New York Post. Although few details were given, the office said the person also suffered from underlying conditions.

Several major subways along the Interstate-95 corridor have implemented excessive heat measures in an effort to keep residents cool and safe. In Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Thursday that a The heat emergency was active until Mondayallowing the opening of shelters and cooling centers.

In Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney also passed a Heat-related health emergency from Thursday to Sunday. During this emergency, cooling centers and Septa Cooling Bus are available to the public.

Last week’s intense heat continued to bake the East Coast on Saturday, as high temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit were quite common.

Washingohn, CC, reached 96 degrees on Saturday, making it the sixth day in a row and the eleventh day in July that the nation’s capital has eclipsed the 90 degree mark. Further north, the heat reached even more extreme levels. philadelphia cream jumped to 98 F on Saturday, 10 degrees above average for the date.

Some of the highest temperatures of the day were observed in the large New York City Region. As the city itself peaked at 95 degrees, the mercury just to the west in newarkNJ,, reached a scorching 101 F. This reading in Newark fell just 1 degree off the record for the date set in 2011. Saturday was also the fourth day in a row that Newark has reached or exceeded the century mark, which is 13 degrees above normal for this time of year.

In New England, sweltering heat was just as easy to find. Boston climbed into the 90s for the fifth day in a row, hitting a high of 94 F. This reading was 12 degrees above normal for the date. Roasting time has even been found in Maine, with bangor reaching a toasty 92 degrees.

Saturday was one of the hottest days of the year for many in the northeastern United States, but Sunday will be even hotter, forecasters say.

As Sunday approaches, temperatures for many are expected to rise even a few degrees. Due to the urban heat island effect, where buildings and other paved surfaces effectively trap heat and raise temperatures, some of the hottest weather will be in cities along the densely populated Interstate corridor. -95.

“While places well to the west may see cooler cloud cover and thunderstorms, it will be dry and mostly clear along the eastern seaboard, allowing temperatures to rise quickly below the heated dome that’s in place,” said Mike LeSeney, AccuWeather’s senior meteorologist.

Washington, DC and Philadelphia are both expected to be within a degree or two of the century, which would only fall slightly below daily records in those locations.

Like the past few days, conditions will be very warm, but somewhat variable in the New York metro area. While the city itself is expected to peak at 96 F on Sunday, frequent hotspot Newark is expected to reach a scorching 103 degrees, which would shatter the date record of 99 set in 2010.

Just like the past few days, the heat will extend even further north.

By early Saturday afternoon, Boston had already tied its daytime record high of 98 F, which was last set in 1933, with several more peak hours of daytime heating still to come.

The warm weather will even extend as far north as Canada and northern Maine. Fredericton, New Brunswick, located about 320 miles northeast of Boston, is expected to reach a highly abnormal temperature of 92 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday. High temperatures for late July are usually near 75 F or 24 C.

In Caribou, Maine, the northernmost city in the state, a high of nearly 90 degrees is forecast for Sunday. If the mercury peaked at this level, it would be the first time since August 26, 2021 that the city had reached this threshold.

While high temperatures can be the most eye-catching and will be the hottest for those outdoors, in the heat it is actually the low temperatures that are the most dangerous for people prone to heat-related illnesses. , especially those without access to air conditioning. .

“Temperatures on Sunday evening will only bottom out in the 70s or even the 80s in the hottest places. For those who are more heat sensitive, this makes it extremely difficult to cool down at night, which is a major cause of heat related illnesses and deaths,” LeSeney said.

Fortunately, however, relief may arrive sooner rather than later, thanks to an approaching storm system. On Monday, a cold front sweeping towards the coast will bring showers and thunderstorms to much of the East Coast. While some storms could become severetemperatures can drop as low as 10 degrees Sunday through Monday along the Interstate-95 corridor before dropping even further on Tuesday.

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Carol N. Valencia