Metro-East News

August 19, 2014

Excessive heat warning issued as mercury starts to rise

After weeks of unseasonably cool temperatures, summer is back with a vengeance.

Temperatures in the 90s and high humidity have caused the National Weather Service to issue an excessive heat warning through the weekend.

On Tuesday, the high is expected to reach 90 degrees but it will feel much warmer with humidity of 96 percent. There is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms with the most likely chance for rain coming after 4 p.m.

Overnight the chance of rain will increase to 40 percent with a low temperature of 70.

On Wednesday there is a slight chance of thunderstorms during the daytime hours with a high temperature of 93. The heat index is expected to reach 102.

Thursday though Sunday the high temperature is expected to reach 96 each day under mostly sunny skies, with the heat index pushing up to 106.

The National Weather Service warns that metro-east residents should be on guard for heat-related illnesses. They should ensure their air conditioner is in working order or that they have a place to go to stay cool.

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