Published: Wed, July 17, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Scientists Warn Climate Change Will Increase Dangerous Heat Days

Scientists Warn Climate Change Will Increase Dangerous Heat Days

The hottest recorded temperature at the airport was 96 degrees on July 29, 2009, though 18 other days have record highs in the 90s since record-keeping began. For this reason, the study considers the combined effect of humidity and temperature, also known as "feels like" temperature, to determine the thresholds for measurable extreme heat. Heat index values on this day could reach their highest level, possibly to 115 degrees.

An Excessive Heat Watch has been issued for the TV6 viewing area for Wednesday through Saturday. Be mindful of pets, and check on neighbors who may not have A/C. "At the same time, people in states already experiencing extreme heat - including in the Southeast, Southern Great Plains and Southwest - have not seen heat like this", Licker said.

The average number of days per year nationwide with a heat index above 105 degrees Fahrenheit would more than quadruple to 24 by mid-century and increase eight-fold to 40 by late century, the analysis, published in the journal Environmental Research Communications, revealed.

Monday will offer sunny skies and high temperatures in the 80s across the state, with humidity at comfortable levels most places. "Exposure to conditions in that range makes it hard for human bodies to cool themselves and could be deadly", she added. The mercury will be closer to the century mark by Friday afternoon and into Saturday.

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The humidity will stick around as a high pressure system settles over the region, leading to temperatures climbing into the mid 90s in some areas.

At night, forecast data shows it may not ever feel like less than 85 degrees along the I-95 corridor.

"That's one of the biggest dangers, particularly as we get toward the weekend", Johnson said.

The Storm Prediction Center has put New Jersey at a marginal risk of severe weather Wednesday. Severe weather could develop Wednesday afternoon ahead of what's left of Barry's circulation. Quiet conditions will continue this evening with mainly clear skies.

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