From Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca
Late Summer heat was in full force Today with the high temperatures at the airport in Warwick soaring to 95 degrees. The official state weather data is recorded at Green airport in Warwick. That temperature ties the old record set back in 1953. There were many other locations away from the coast that made it into the 90s this afternoon.
HIGH TEMPERATURES OBSERVED ON TUESDAY
RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE TIED TODAY
It’s not just the heat but the high humidity as well. The combination of both gives us the “heat index” which is a “feels like” temperature. Heat indices today were in the upper 90s to as highs as 108°
With some students returning to school Today and Wednesday, classroom temperatures are certainly oppressive. The room temperature in an “interior room” without air conditioning or windows can be as warm as the mid to upper 80s, Wednesday will one again be very oppressive in some classrooms.
Temperatures this evening will be exceptionally warm with reading staying in the 80s as late as midnight in some locations, then falling into the mid and upper 70s overnight. Heat index values for the nighttime hours will remain in the 80s so tough sleeping without air conditioning.
SO HOW LONG DOES THE HEAT LAST?
….actually not much longer though we do have at least one more day of heat on Wednesday. Thursday looks very warm to borderline hot and humid but perhaps not as significant as Wednesday.
The record high temperature for Wednesday is 95 and we will come close to that along with high heat indices again. Thursday still looks like the “transition day” from intense heat Wednesday to much cooler weather by Friday.
Meanwhile heat advisories and warnings will continue into Wednesday
Along with the high heat Wednesday, poor air quality is expected. The DEM has issued this through 11PM Tonight and again from 11AM to 11PM Wednesday
We expect a cold front to move through Thursday with scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms. The arrival time of the front will determine if Thursday is a hot day or not. An earlier arrival means less heat, while a later cold front passage would mean temperatures reaching 90. We feel as though the front will be slow enough to allow temps Thursday to briefly reach 90° along with some late afternoon thunderstorms.
WEDNESDAY BEACH FORECAST
Dew points (humidity levels) remain very high now into Thursday Afternoon
Thursday’s approaching cold front will slide offshore and stalls south of our area Friday and the weekend… this in turn will promote a cooler east to northeast breeze off the ocean. Extra clouds with some sunshine Friday and Saturday and highs in the 70s. Sunday and Labor Day Monday look dry with warmer air returning Monday.
7 DAY FORECAST
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Tony Petrarca, updated 8-28-18 at 7:20pm