I was up in Upstate New York for a couple of days...thinking initially I would dodge the worst of the heat that was gripping the Delaware Valley on Friday. Unfortunately, my heat waterloo was in Watkins Glen, NY on Thursday where a bank thermometer topped out at 105 degrees at 5:30 PM. While it was a touch aggressive, the high of 104 just 20 miles south in Elmira wasn't. It was nasty up there Thursday and while still hot on both Friday and Saturday, the heat was much more tolerable as dew point levels were in the 50's and low 60's. Jumping into Seneca and Cayuga Lakes was arguably more of a relief on Friday and Saturday.
The heat waterloo for the Delaware Valley was arguably Friday -- widespread heat index values of 110-120 gripped the region during the worst of the heat as the region baked in air temperatures of over 100 degrees, with heat index values of over 110 at peak heat as dew point values were in the 70's for much of the day in much of the region. The record winner among observation sites locally was Wilmington, with a heat index of 123 at 3 PM.
The good news is that we should likely not see any more days as extreme as this during the remaining weeks of this summer. Heat will still be an issue as well the muggies but no attempted repeats of July 1995 are on the horizon.