Hot, humid and some storms — ACCUWEATHER ALERT

  • Hot, humid and some storms — ACCUWEATHER ALERT

Hot, humid and some storms — ACCUWEATHER ALERT

Thanks for reading the Thursday morning weather discussion and blog.

The heat index is how hot it feels when the air temperature is combined with the relative humidity. But for Thursday, our heat wave kicks up a notch. Stay cool, take care of yourself, each other, and your pets!

The warmth and humidity will likely result in at least one record warm low temperature, or what's called a record "high minimum".

It will be hot with highs in the mid 90s again on Friday.

Wed: High: 97 Low: 73 Sunny. Dew points statewide should peak between 68 and 74. Heat index values are expected to reach unsafe levels of 105 to 107 degrees this afternoon for areas along and west of Interstate 55.

You know the drill...

- Exhausted of this hot and muggy weather?

Do not forget to stay safe in the heat!

The Heat Advisory is in effect through 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has issued a "Code Orange" alert. A cold front will sweep through the region late Friday night, and ahead of it will be a good chance for scattered thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon. The humidity probably won't drop too much. Spotty development will be possible across Central Alabama this afternoon and early evening. We'll have to be on the lookout for some stronger storm cells, containing strong winds and hail.

This map shows maximum temperature forecasts for Central Illinois. I've seen that here a couple of times, but it is rare for us. This weekend though, the coverage looks higher and that's poor timing for SlossFest.

All rain should end across New Jersey by 5 a.m. Saturday. Temperatures will fall into the low 80s and upper 70s tonight with partly cloudy skies.

Upper level-ridging will blossom over the western US through the weekend, amplifying an upper trough over the Great Lakes.

Our next chance for showers will be Monday into Tuesday, but no washouts are expected.

Next week, things are looking a lot better temperature wise! Follow him on Facebook or Twitter for the latest forecast and realtime weather updates.