Most Piercing Heat Wave Since 1988 Heads For Region Next Week

WOAY-TV (Oak Hill, WV): Following a brief respite from warm, humid weather Saturday, Mother Nature is turning up the furnace starting on Father’s Day.

More details on how the upcoming heat wave is a bit different than a later summer heat wave from today’s Facebook Live:

SHORT-TERM: A gusty storm or two is possible north of I-64 prior to 10 p.m.

TEMPERATURES: Expect comfortable lower 80s with low humidity on Saturday. Father’s Day will see upper 80s, then 90-95 degrees Monday through Friday with heat indices in the mid 90s. The last time we had a 5-day stretch with highs at or above 90 degrees was August 14-18, 1988. There will be no relief from clouds or rainfall. Air quality will be unhealthy in the urban spots east an west of our region. Heat stroke is likely if you don’t hydrate and keep pets inside as much as possible.

PJM, the regional transmission organization, that coordinates the wholesale of electricity, indicated they are prepared to deal with the extra strain due to air conditioners working overtime to cool businesses and homes.

“PJM has the generation capacity and transmission capability to meet the expected demand on the system during the heat wave, but extended periods of extreme heat does have the potential to stress the electric system and cause reliability challenges,” said Kevin Hatch, PJM’s Sr. Manager – Dispatch.

SEVERE WEATHER THREAT: There is now a moderate to strong signal that the likely historical Eastern heat ridge will begin to break down between Friday, June 21 and Sunday, June 23. Within this time period, there is a 30% risk for severe thunderstorms on Friday, 60% risk for severe thunderstorms on Saturday and 40% risk on Sunday. Gusty winds is the main threat.

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