Sweltering temps, soaring humidity prompt heat advisory again

Vernon: Better rain chances this weekend

"People should plan to reduce time in the sun during peak heating hours this weekend and drink additional water to keep hydrated".

An excessive heat warning goes into effect at 11 a.m. Thursday for Camden, Gloucester, Mercer and northwestern Burlington counties, where the mercury is forecast to rise into the mid-90s and the heat index could soar as high as 100 to 105 degrees. Highs will drop into the mid and upper 80s on Sunday with lower humidity. This means a few showers and storms will remain possible for the metro and surrounding region beginning Friday, topping out Saturday morning, and then also near or southwest of the metro Sunday. The main story will be the heat and humidity.

On top of all the heat advisories, the state Department of Environmental Protection has issued an "air quality action day" for Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union counties, as well as in eastern Passaic County. By 4 p.m. this afternoon, it'll feel like 102° in Washington and a scorching 105° in Fredericksburg! The center of the ridge may move (or develop more) to the east or southeastern U.S.by late next week.

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With all this heat and humidity, it's setting us up for strong to severe storms this evening. The heat will back down a bit this weekend thanks to increased rain chances ahead of a weak frontal boundary approaching from the north.

It will be hot with highs in the mid 90s again on Friday. This front will drop temperatures to the low to mid-70s, Murray said.

The National Weather Service says temperatures could hit in the upper-90s Thursday - with a heat index in the triple digits. There may be a couple of stray showers or storms each day.

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