Monday, 16 July, 2018

Hot, humid air spurs heat warnings across Maine

'Extreme, dangerous' heat to continue this week, meteorologists say Hot, sticky weather will cling to Maine this week
Melissa Porter | 04 July, 2018, 17:43

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday for northwestern ME, including northern Piscatiquis and Somerset counties and the Allagash region in western Aroostook County. Do not expect much in the way of rain or storms on Thursday during the day but a couple of pop-up showers or thunderstorms could be expected in the second half of the afternoon.

After a clear, warm, and muggy night last night, today will be even warmer and more humid than it was yesterday.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be more widespread Thursday as a cold front approaches Northeast Ohio.

The most intense heat wave was in July of 1991 when we had 3 consecutive days of 100-degree heat! There is a good chance of showers and thunderstorms - with some of them expected to brew after dark.

While we can't rule out a few isolated storms, the heat and humidity will likely be a bigger impact to folks who want to spend the day outside.

Ricketts said that the air temperatures all over the region are in the 90s, with heat indexes between 100 and 113. Communities along the coast will see slightly lower temperatures because of a sea breeze, the weather service said.

The longest heat waves on record in CT lasted a total of 10 days.

A heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously high temperatures will occur and cautions people against participating in strenuous outdoor activity - especially during midday hours - and to drink plenty of water. Overnight, skies are partly to mostly clear.

If you're looking ahead to the Fourth of July, here's what you need to know about road closures, fireworks and, of course, traffic and weather. Also, don't forget to check on the young, the elderly, and pets, all groups more susceptible to the excessive heat.

Relief will continue over the weekend with sunshine on Saturday and Sunday and highs in the 80s from Friday on.