We’ve certainly had our share of hot days this season so far, but today is perhaps feeling the hottest as near record temperatures combined with extreme humidity are creating heat indices in the 100s. An Excessive Heat Warning has been posted for much of the local area because of this unhealthy or even potentially life threatening situation as heat exhaustion or other heat related illnesses may occur if you don’t take precautions and stay hydrated. Staying in air conditioning and keeping pets and children out of the heat is important as well. A month ago we experienced the hottest day in more than 20 years, and while we reached triple digits in much of the area, today’s scenario has the potential to be more of a problem for us as humidity is much more prevalent in the atmosphere, giving us slightly higher heat indices. It’s going to feel like it’s 110 at times today and this evening. The forecast high for Rochester today is 99° and the record is 97° set in 1911, so it’s very possible that this record as well as some other local records will be broken. A cold front will push through the area tonight, bringing an end to this heat wave, but may also trigger some evening thunderstorms. Behind the front, we’ll enjoy lower humidity levels in the air and more seasonable highs in the 80s for the weekend.
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This post was written by tschmidt on July 1, 2011