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Heat Wave To Hit Western Pennsylvania Heading Into The Weekend

Heat Wave To Hit Western Pennsylvania Heading Into The Weekend

Overnight low temperatures may only dip to the low-to-mid 80s in downtown Washington and just 75 to 80 even in outlying areas. Beginning Friday temperatures will rise, making it feel like upwards of 100 degrees, and state officials are warning of an increased risk of heat-related illnesses, such as heatstroke.

A bulging zone of high pressure known as a heat dome is responsible for these punishing temperatures, some 10 to 20 degrees above normal. Conditions will change drastically come Saturday. In addition to the warning, forecasters say a heat advisory has also been issued starting at 8 p.m. Saturday and ending at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The heat will be combined with severe humidity that will last through Saturday in the Midwest and through Sunday in the Northeast, the private weather forecaster said.

The max heat index - how hot your body feels when the temperature is combined with moisture in the air - will reach well over 100 degrees in New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis and other cities, according to the NWS. Cooling centers and public parks are observing extended hours.

Stay hydrated with water and take breaks preferably in air-conditioned places.

The weather service predicts that 123 temperature records will be broken, both record highs and record warm low temperatures at night.

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In several cities, buildings are being offered as cooling centers and residents are being asked to check on family and neighbors. Showers will linger early Monday morning and the humidity will take a plunge!

Protect your skin: The best way to stop skin from burning is to cover it with light weight, loose-fitting clothing and staying in the shade whenever possible. "We make sure we have plenty of water with us up there". With the humidity, afternoon heat index values will climb to near 110.

"In Maine, we are well-versed in dealing with the cold and snow, but this kind of extreme heat tends to set people off", Mick said.

Fullerton said this type of heat wave isn't unprecedented for the region, "you know, it's July, it's hot, it's humid, that's usually what happens around here". The program said heat stroke poses a threat to pets and livestock.

Anyone experiencing potential symptoms of heat stroke should call 911 immediately.