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Getting a Break from the Rain, But Dangerously Hot Temps on the Way

Monday

The sun has returned to start the work week.

There may be a stray shower that could pop up in your backyard, but for the most part we will be dry. The HRRR model shows most shower formation being south and west of us.

Dew points will be in the mid to upper 60s, getting as high as 69° this afternoon. This will make it feel sticky outside, but the heat index will stay around 91°, which is lower than it has been.

Dangerous Heat

That’s what we’ll be facing later on this week.

Tuesday looks to be a lot like today with heat index values reaching 94°. Wednesday, on the other hand, will be the recommended day to stay indoors.

Temps will be climbing into the upper 90s, possibly even low 100s for some areas. This will cause the heat index values to be 100+.

On That Note…

With the dangerously high temps coming, make sure to do a double check of your backseat.

Here are a couple facts on hot temps and a car:

When temperatures outside range from 80° to 100°, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 and 172.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In terms of heat-rise over time, it makes very little difference whether a car’s windows are closed or partially open. In both cases, a car’s interior temperature can rise approximately 40 degrees within one hour, even when the exterior temperature is only 72°.

American Academy of Pediatrics study (2005)

Vehicular heat stroke is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 14, just behind car crashes.

Not only do we want to protect those kids, but we want to remember our furry friends, too. In 2019, it was reported that 53 animals died in hot cars and 126 were rescued.

Looking Ahead

Rain chances begin to climb again on Thursday and through the weekend. They look to be scattered showers and storms, so keep an eye out on the future forecast if you have any outdoor plans.

Dew points will begin to climb in the lower 70s again, making those heat index values remain over 100 in some areas. Make sure to practice heat safety!

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