Weather: Scorching weekend heat ahead (6/29 AM)

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Weekend Heat Advisory

Good morning! Happy Friday!

We are kicking off this last day of the work week with a blanket of pea soup thick fog. Leave extra time, extra space between you and the car you’re following, and use those low beams if you got ’em! The ‘least foggy’ spot in our region is northern New York, where we are already catching a beautiful mix of sun and clouds, that will soon be seen above Vermont and New Hampshire once the fog lifts and clears mid to late morning. Temps skyrocket to the mid 80s with a light southwest wind of 5-10 mph. There is a slight chance this afternoon and evening for a stray shower or weaker thunderstorm to pop up in north central Vermont or the Northeast Kingdom, but most stay dry. Tonight, partly cloudy. Upper 50s to low and mid 60s.

The ‘three H’s’ sum up this weekend perfect: hazy, hot and humid. The temp jumps into the low 90s Saturday morning with a heat index value in the upper 90s.  By Sunday, the thermometer will read 95-100° during the afternoon with a heat index value of 100-110°. The same temps should be expected Monday afternoon with overnight lows only drop to the 70s.

This is dangerous heat for our neck-of-the-woods and should not be taken lightly. Be sure to stay well-hydrated and reduce physical activity. Check on the elderly often and populations especially susceptible to heat-induced stress or illness, including children, livestock and pets. Speaking of pets, do not, under any circumstances, leave animals in the car over the weekend – even just 5 to 10 minutes with the windows down could prove lethal. Look before you lock!

There will be ample sunshine through the weekend, but occasional clouds. And an isolated thunderstorm or shower shouldn’t be ruled out any one particular day. Perhaps the best opportunity for showers and thunderstorms comes Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. Forecast weather models are picking up on a cluster of strong to severe storms diving south out of Canada into northern New York and northern Vermont, capable of producing torrential rain, frequent lightning, hail and gusty wind.

Early next week, the heat lives on. Without that cold front that had been earlier pegged for Monday/Tuesday, near 90 degree top temps linger through the 4th of July and even longer. That does spell out a drier forecast for the 3rd of July Independence Day Celebration at the Burlington Waterfront.

Have a great day and an even better weekend!

-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Thibault

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