Middle Of A June Heat Wave

June 18th, 2014 at 8:57 am by under Weather

We are in the middle of a June heatwave.  It is relatively small, but it is still packing some heat.  (Pun intended).  look at the high temperatures from yesterday:

Highs Yesterday

Highs Yesterday

We almost hit 100 in Williamsburg.  The heat index was over 100 in several cities.  We did have a few showers and storms which cooled down a couple of cities, but they were isolated to scattered.  Today we’ll see much of the same, but probably even less storms.  Temperatures will be 1-3 degrees hotter.  We’ll have a lot of sunshine thanks to the large area of high pressure near the region.

Today's Forecast

Today’s Forecast

Winds were actually up just a bit this morning.  They were southwest at 5-15mph.  However, the winds likely won’t stay up through the afternoon.  High temps will rise to the mid-upper 9s with a couple of inland cities (like Williamsburg) hitting 100 degrees.  The record in Norfolk is 99, and we are forecasting a high of 97 there.  When you combine the humidity, it will feel like 100-105 degrees in many of our cities.  That will be the heat index aka the (feels like temperature).  An isolated shower or storm may form to cool you down, but the rain chance is very small.  So here are a couple of tips to beat the heat.

1.  Drink plenty of fluids.  Especially water.  Try to avoid sodas and sugary drinks.  Also avoid alcohol.

2.  Wear light-weight/light-colored clothing.  It reflects most of the light, and stops it from absorbing into the material thereby creating heat.  It actually works.  Try it for yourself.

3.  Take plenty of breaks in the shade.  Especially if you work outside for a long period of time.

4.  If your A.C. doesn’t work too well, then you can head to a public place.  The library, the mall, and many places of worship are places to go to cool down.

5.  If your A.C. is out, then at least try to use a fan.  The breeze helps to speed up evaporation from the body, thereby cooling you down.  It can also help to circulate the air in your home.

6.  Close the curtains.  Light getting into the home turns into heat. So keep it out by closing the blinds and the curtains.

7.  Save the outdoor jobs and workouts until the evening or another day.

8.  Check on the elderly and the very young children.  Their bodies typically don’t deal with the heat very well.

Keep an eye out for heat illnesses like heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or even heat stroke. 

There will be a few showers overnight. Lows will be in the 70s.  Tomorrow we’ll see much of the same. However, late in the day the cold front to the north will make it close to the northern part of our viewing area.  So there will be some scattered showers and storms moving in from Maryland ahead of the front Thursday afternoon and evening.  Before the storms arrive we’ll see high temperatures in the mid 90s with upper 90s again in the south.  The afternoon storms should help to cool things down, but it could create a few downpours as well.  The front will likely stall out over the region during the weekend.  Therefore we’ll see a chance for rain each day.  At least that should keep the temperatures in the 80s for highs.  However, the humidity will not be much lower.

Temperature Forecast

Temperature Forecast

If you think we have it bad with the heat, then keep this in mind… In India there is a terrible heat wave that has been going on for over a week.  There have been over 150 deaths so far. The high temperature in Delhi has been over 110 for seven days.  Here is the story: Indian Heat Wave.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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