Weather: Lots of heat with a side of storms (6/29/2018)

Heat warnings & advisories as of June 29 2018

Friday was a beautiful summer day. It was sunny, it was a lot warmer than Thursday and it was a little sticky. Bad news comfort lovers, this is only the beginning. High pressure has settled in over New England and now it’s time to get hot and humid. 

We wake up Saturday morning with temperatures already in the 70s. A passing shower isn’t completely out of the picture before lunch, but most of the morning & early afternoon will be dry under a mix of sun & clouds. A cluster of thunderstorms push through later Saturday afternoon, mainly between 3pm & 9pm. These storms could be strong or even severe, especially in northern Vermont, New York & New Hampshire. The strongest will produce damaging wind gusts, heavy rain, frequent lightning and hail. The more south you are, your storm chance is much lower.

Meanwhile, highs will be in the lower 90s. Saturday is when we really start feeling the humidity, as dew points start to rise into the upper 60s and lower 70s. This brings “feel like” temperatures close to 100°!  Saturday night, the aforementioned storms end and we stay warm & oppressively muggy with lows in the low to mid 70s.

Hazy, hot and humid conditions will get worse on Sunday, making it almost unbearable to be outside. The ‘feels like’ temp or heat index will be around 100-110°. Winds will be light, so finding any relief will be tough. The storm chance on Sunday is very low.

Monday is trending much like Sunday, with highs in the upper 90s, and dew points in the 70s. Monday’s “feel like” temperatures are still around 100°, so do be cognizant of outdoor activities. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy, with only isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. A heat advisory is in effect for all of Vermont and New York Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Sunday and Monday will be the hotter days.

Tuesday will start off sunny, with increasing clouds throughout the day. Highs will stay in the low 90s, with dewpoints continuing in the low 70s. Just another hot and muggy day. There is that chance for a “pop up” thunderstorm, given the heat, humidity & a weak frontal boundary. However, most showers will be to our south by late evening, so any fireworks plans should be rain free but still warm and muggy.

Wednesday and Thursday, we stay the course with big heat and humidity. Highs both days will hover around 90° with just the smallest chance at an afternoon thunderstorm.

Friday will hopefully be the last day of this heat wave with a cold front pushing through by Friday night. We’re optimistic it’ll be enough to push the heat and storms south of us by next weekend.

Either way, over the next week we will be breaking heat records!

Have a great weekend!

-Skytracker weather intern Sarah Levesque & Chief Meteorologist Sean Parker

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