When heading outdoors today, and the next couple of days, it will be impossible to avoid ‘feeling hot, hot, hot’. There is, and will continue to be, a dome of high pressure covering the eastern half of the United States.
For those who are interested in the history of music:
“In 1982 Alphonsus Celestine Edmund Cassell, aka arrow, recorded the album Hot Hot Hot, the title track, “Hot Hot Hot”, becoming his first pan-caribbean hit and the biggest selling soca hit of all time. It was adopted as the theme song of the 1986 FIFA world cup in Mexico.
“Hot Hot Hot” became an instant dance floor hit and was later covered by artists around the world, most notably in 1987 by American singer David Johansen under the name Buster Poindexter.
Buster Poindexter’s version of “Hot Hot Hot” was released as the first single from his album Buster Poindexter. It garnered extensive airplay through radio, MTV, and other television appearances”
Back to the weather:
The NWS (national weather service) has issued an excessive heat warning for the entire tri-state area right on through tomorrow night. This may end up being extended into Saturday night.
Today with the heat building in from the southwest under mainly clear skies, a light southwesterly wind, and a high sun angle the temperatures have soared into the upper 90’s. When factoring in the humidity, the heat index was just shy of 110 degrees. If you were stuck outside between 11-5 pm, you can attest to it feeling like you just opened your oven door.
Heading into tomorrow the same conditions will exist with only a couple of minor changes in a higher low (oxymoron) morning temperature, and a wind direction shifting from the southwest to a more westerly direction during the afternoon. The westerly wind will allow air to subside down the Appalachian mountain chain, a warming effect, and head toward NYC. The combination of a higher starting morning temperature and a westerly wind will result in an actual air temperature ranging from 100-105. Couple that with humidity and it will feel like 110-115+ degrees.
On your Saturday more of the same can be expected. With a variable wind, and a little more cloud cover, the temperature should top out in the mid to upper 90’s with a heat index of 100-105.
To put into perspective how “hot” these numbers are, we only need to turn to the records. On July 22nd back in 1957 we hit a high temperature of 101 degrees, and on July 23rd in 1991 we hit a high temperature of 99 degrees. If you were wondering about how today’s high temperature stacks up, the current record is 104 degrees set back in 1977. This record was not breached today, but it looks like “104” may manifest itself tomorrow.
This heat means business, so it’s recommended to stay indoors where its air conditioned, or head to area beaches and wear sun block. If you’re going to be out and about be sure to avoid strenuous activity between 11-5 pm and drink plenty of fluids.
As a final caution, there is a chance of a short lived spot thunderstorm both Saturday afternoon and Sunday but most areas will not see anything so do not cancel your plans. If the skies should darken in your area, then head in doors and wait for the weather to pass.