Today and Saturday will be hot, hot, hot. That is the prediction from the National Weather Service in State College.
Meteorologist Charles Ross advises that beginning today, particularly in the afternoon, our area will feel the effects of high temperatures paired with high humidity.
“(Friday) will be a pretty hot and humid day, Saturday will be the hottest for sure. The heat index values could approach 100 to 104 degrees on Saturday,” he said. “It is a good idea to take precautions. It is unusual, the fact is that this doesn’t happen that often in Bradford. It doesn’t happen that often in State College either.”
Ross noted that the National Weather Service is advising people to drink lots of fluids if they are outdoors, be very careful with alcohol consumption on these hot days and listen to their bodies.
“Heat illness can sneak up on you quickly in this type of weather. If you can find a/c, find it,” he said. “Go to the library or find an air-conditioned building and hang out in there.”
Ross noted there is a light at the end of the tunnel for high temperatures, as thunderstorms will begin moving in Sunday and the beginning of the week will be a much different story.
“It will still be hot Sunday but not as oppressive,” Ross said. “By Monday, with the storms, things will be much more unsettled. The highs for the first few days of the week are barely getting out of the lower 70s.”
A notice of hazardous weather conditions, issued from the NWS Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Md., warns of the following: “A strengthening upper level ridge across the Central and Eastern U.S. resulting in oppressive and dangerous heat across the eastern two thirds of the country. Widespread excessive heat warnings, watches, and heat advisories are in effect across much of the Central U.S., into the Ohio Valley, and along parts of the Eastern Seaboard.”
The notice is predicting “daytime highs in the 90s to near or above 100 are expected, and combined with dewpoints soaring into the mid to upper 70s, will result in heat indices (feels like temps) as high as 110 in some places. Temperatures overnight will struggle to recover much with near or surpassing record values in the mid to upper 70s or near 80 for many.”