Saturday, July 07, 2012

Severe Heat Before Scattered Storms

The tenth day of the heat wave was also the region's most intense day of the heat wave -- Philadelphia topped out at 101 this afternoon, not a record but it's our hottest day of the last ten and the hottest we've been since last July's back-to-back 100 degree days.  This is the third straight year we cracked the 100 degree barrier at least once, which equals a streak last reached in the mid 90's.

Records are tied or broken at a number of locations -- Atlantic City, Reading, Allentown, and in Sussex County Delaware.  100 to 103 was common throughout the region this afternoon, with heat index values that range from 102 to 108 at peak heat.

The hottest temperatures today were in the DC area -- Reagan National hit a record at 105 degrees and BWI topping out at 104 (the 103 on our map is in error), with the highest mark nearby at Quantico in Virginia at 106 degrees.

Tomorrow will not be as hot -- mercifully -- but the area had two more heat-related deaths today, bringing the current heat wave tally to three.