Sunday, July 01, 2012

Keeping The Heat Lamp On

July starts as June ended -- hot, mainly sunny for much of the day, and another foray into the 90's awaits us all.  Excessive heat warnings are out for the Delaware Valley (magenta shaded counties on the map above) as heat index values *could* reach 100 later on today.  Humidity levels will be similar to yesterday, perhaps a notch higher as west breezes aren't as pronounced as yesterday, which means heat index values will flirt with 100 in spots later on.

We can't rule out a few pop up thunderstorms after 3 PM across the region thanks to daytime heating and a weak atmospheric trough moving through.  We're not anticipating anything on the order of what went down in South Jersey and Delaware on Friday night but a few storms could produce some gusty winds or hail.  As of this morning, we're not under a slight risk for severe weather but a few storms could approach or briefly reach severe limits if they do fire up later.

Today will mark the 4th straight day of 90+ in the region -- and the 10th 90 of 2012...this puts us two ahead of 2011's pace (8 through July 1) but seven behind 2010's record pace (17 through today's date).