High heat and humidity has arrived and will remain with us for several days. High pressure at all levels of the atmosphere east of the Mississippi is responsible for this mid-summer weather for a prolonged period. In fact, the pattern may hold even through next week! We'll see some relief in the heat and humidity over the weekend but it will likely return early next week.
If you are doing any work outdoors be sure to take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke. The air quality is diminished as well with air quality alerts for low level ozone in southern and central Connecticut into Tuesday. We may have an alert by Tuesday in the lower pioneer valley too. Nonetheless, alert or not, check on seniors and those with respiratory illness.
High pressure remains in control through Wednesday before a cold front arrives Thursday and Friday. A new area of high pressure with less humidity will try to push in for the weekend but the cold front may slow, then erode over eastern New England keeping us in the slight chance for a shower or storm, but overall, it's a dry weekend.
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