Hazardous weather outlook: Lehigh Valley to sizzle as heat, humidity build

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Today, we were at or above 90° for the 7th time this year with heat index values reaching the low 100s.

The Twin Cities National Weather Service shifted from an earlier "heat advisory" to "excessive heat warning", saying temperatures in the mid-90s will combine with high humidity to produce a heat index between 98 and 103. Highs will be around 90 once again on Monday, before falling into the upper 70s on Tuesday.

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Saturday morning rain and storms clear out fast, opening the door for the heat and humidity to build. Highs will be near 27°C, and the higher humidity will make it feel muggy and more like 33°C. A unsafe combination of heat and humidity will be in the region Fridayafternoon and continue at least through early Sundayevening.

Because of these high temperatures, the NWS is urging people to look for signs of heat-related illnesses.

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THIS AFTERNOON: Partly to mostly sunny and warmer.

Monday: Mostly sunny, very hot and very humid. Despite the slightly drier air, temperatures will remain warm with mid to upper 80s at the beach and lower 90s inland through the weekend. Highs by the afternoon will be cooler, in the lower 90s.

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The Chambersburg, Gettysburg, York, Lancaster, Lebanon, Carlisle, Harrisburg, Lewistown and Newport areas are all expected to reach a heat index level of at least 100 on Monday. Our brief heat will be squashed to the south, bringing a drier, more comfortable brand of air back to northern OH by the middle to latter half of next week! Storm Team4 meteorologist Matt Ritter said that the system that brought on those pleasant temperatures may actually be to blame for the heat wave.

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