Thousands of students and teachers head back to school this week on two of the hottest days of the summer. Temperatures today will reach the low to mid-90s under mainly sunny skies.
The record to beat both today and Wednesday at T.F. Green is 95 degrees. We’ll be close both days.
An area of high pressure just to our south is to blame for the heat as southwest winds bring hot and sticky air from the south toward Southern New England.
The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts. It is in effect today and Wednesday. Stay hydrated as heat-related illnesses will be possible.
An Air Quality Alert is also in effect for our area as air quality levels will reach unhealthy levels. Along with the heat advisory, you’ll want to limit your time outdoors.
After a summer filled with humid conditions, it’s no surprise you’ll notice the increased humidity along with the near record heat. Dew points will be in the low to mid 70s, making it feel oppressive.
As temperatures soar into the low and mid 90s, and dew points in the low to mid 70s, it will feel several degrees warmer. Below, we see heat indices reach the triple digits by 3 PM this afternoon in most communities.
If you want to escape the heat and humidity today, the beach is the spot. Temperatures will be in the mid 80s with breezy conditions. If you plan to hit the water, temperatures are near 70 but keep in mind the moderate rip current risk.
The next three days look similar. Temperatures in the low to mid 90s with high humidity levels. Heat indices will be reaching the triple digits again Wednesday. Other than the heat, we’ll be seeing mainly sunny skies Tuesday and Wednesday. Clouds will increase on Thursday as a cold front approaches the region. A few showers and a thunderstorm are possible.
But we’ll have some relief just in time for the Labor Day Weekend. Once the cold front passes through, dew points behind it fall. We’ll be feeling refreshing as dew points will be in the upper 50s.
– Danny Couto (Pinpoint Weather 12 Intern) and Meteorologist Michelle Muscatello