Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Science | By Celia Watts

Excessive and unsafe heat grips Plains, Midwest and Northeast

Excessive and unsafe heat grips Plains, Midwest and Northeast

An EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH remains in effect for Tolland and Windham County.

With a high temperature of 88 degrees recorded in Portland - the heat index for Portland hit 93 degrees Sunday - the weather service issued an excessive heat warning that remained in effect through 8 p.m. Sunday.

A HEAT ADVISORY has been issued for the CT shoreline. The heat index at 4 a.m. local time in New York City was 83 degrees, while it was 84 degrees in Chicago at 3 a.m.

For at least another 24 to 36-hours, make sure you check-on and assist those most susceptible to the heat and humidity - people with respiratory or heart problems, children and elderly, especially those with no access to air-conditioning. Sadly there is little relief in sight.

"The week will start out mild, with temperatures going up a degree or two each day", said James Brotherton, a weather service forecaster. If it is determined that clouds/thunderstorms may be delayed, the Excessive Heat Warning could be extended again over the entire northeast Illinois/northwest IN area Sunday.

Temperatures will soar well into the 90s across much of the Plains, Midwest and Northeast again on Saturday.

The high temperature Sunday is forecast to be 98 degrees while the city will feel around 105.

Sunday will feel really hot, with the heat index rising as you travel toward western New England.

Most of July's first week will be hotter than normal.

We're mostly sunny and HOT on Sunday with highs in the mid/upper 90s near 100°F.

Stay out of the sun and avoid extreme temperature changes.

FRIDAY: Hot and Humid. Lows tonight will only fall into the upper 60s to lower 70s in the outlying areas, with lower to middle 70s along much of the coast. Humidity level is gauged by the dew point temperature, which was just below 60 degrees and in a fairly comfortable range Friday afternoon. Inland, highs approach the mid 80s.

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