Prolonged period of heat and humidity to continue into next week

Another prolonged period of hot temperatures is on tap for the area through at least the middle of next week. Elevated humidity levels, especially east of the James River, will add to the discomfort for many people through this period, with afternoon heat index values of 95 to 105 likely across the region most days.

As seen in the graphics below, high temperatures on  Saturday will largely be in the 90s east of the James River, with triple digit heat expected along and west of the James River Valley. Temperatures will ease a bit Sunday through early next week, however highs in the 90s to around 100 degrees are still likely.

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year. Be sure to check up on relatives and neighbors during this period of prolonged heat, especially the elderly and those without air conditioning. People and pets enclosed in parked vehicles are at great risk. Studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to a dangerous level for children, pets and even adults. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate. The effects can be more severe on children because their bodies warm at a faster rate than adults.

Check out these Safety Tips for more information on how to handle the heat.

Table of graphics depicting forecast high temperatures for Thursday through Sunday.
Day Map of forecast highs
Saturday High Temperatures for Satuday July 21, 2012 
Sunday Forecast Highs for Sunday, July 22, 2012
Monday Forecast Highs for Monday, July 23, 2012
Tuesday Forecast Highs for Tuesday, July 23, 2012
Wednesday Forecast Highs for Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Thursday Forecast Highs for Thursday, July 26, 2012

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