I understand. There are some people who struggle badly in heat and humidity. I am completely sympathetic to that. What irks me is the media’s handling of hot weather. We are constantly bombarded with headlines and breaking news making it sound like this is the worst stretch of heat ever. It’s not. Sorry media. The majority of folks can handle heat a lot more than you give them credit for. Pay attention. This is loosely tied into another media issue I saw yesterday. A tropical storm forms in the eastern Pacific, oh, about 2000 miles east of Hawaii. By the way, this happens up to several times every tropical season. Of course those headlines have to mention that it’s heading for Hawaii. Well technically that is correct. It is. Only thing is, this is completely irrelevant because it will turn north and dissipate, missing the islands by….oh, about 1000 miles. WOW, WHAT A CLOSE CALL! The pathetic media needs to start just getting back to basics. I have a feeling this isn’t coming anytime soon.
DAYS 1-5 (AUGUST 28-SEPTEMBER 1)
We’ll be under the hot high pressure ridge for the next 2 days, the “heat dome”, and yes it will be very hot and also rather humid. Everybody should stay hydrated and out of direct sun, also avoiding strenuous outdoor activity whenever possible. A few record temperatures may occur. The heat will then break during Thursday and Friday as a cold front moves northwest to southeast across the region. The timing of this front and the warmth of the air aloft may inhibit thunderstorm development somewhat, and while I cannot rule out some strong storms at some point Thursday as this front moves through, it doesn’t look like we’ll be dealing with any widespread severe weather. By Friday, a much cooler northeasterly air flow will have taken over as high pressure moves across southeastern Canada and far northern New England. This northeast to east flow will continue into the start of the Labor Day Weekend on Saturday, which may feature a lot of cloudiness too. Forecast details…
TODAY: Hazy sun. Humid. Highs 80-88 Nantucket, 89-97 elsewhere. Wind SW 5-15 MPH.
TONIGHT: Hazy but clear. Humid. Lows 68-78, warmest urban areas. Wind light SW.
WEDNESDAY: Hazy sun. Humid. Highs 82-90 Nantucket, 91-100 elsewhere, hottest interior valleys. Wind SW 5-15 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Hazy. Muggy. Lows 70-79. Wind light SW.
THURSDAY: Variably cloudy. Scattered showers/thunderstorms. Humid. Lows from the upper 60s to middle 70s. Highs in the 80s to near 90.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny. Less humid. Lows in the 60s. Highs in the 70s.
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy. Lows from the upper 50s to lower 60s. Highs from upper 60s to lower 70s.
DAYS 6-10 (SEPTEMBER 2-6)
High pressure will sink to the south and turn the wind more southerly during Sunday September 2 and Monday September 3 of Labor Day Weekend and a cold front will approach by late Monday. Sunday should be rain-free. Monday carries the chance of some late day showers/t-storms. High pressure dominates surface and aloft with mainly dry and warm to hot weather September 4-6.
DAYS 11-15 (SEPTEMBER 7-11)
High pressure dominates and the pattern of above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall is expected to continue.