SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - The heat is on as temperatures topped out at 93° and so far today at 95° at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee. Because of the hot and humid conditions headed our way, with heat index values approaching 110° again tomorrow we are declaring tomorrow another First Warning Weather Day.
So far we are short of that 100° mark but if we were to reach it at Westover, that would only be the 13th time we've hit 100° or higher. Certainly a rare occurrence, but the highest likelihood of hitting 100° is actually in July, where we've hit it six time previously. The last time Springfield hit 100°+ was July 22, 2011.
Even more remarkable is the two-day stretch of Saturday and Sunday could go down as the hottest two-day stretch in Springfield, dating back to 1926. Our forecast average temperature of 87.8° would top that list. Impressive, historic heat!
An Excessive Heat Warning issued for Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden counties until 8pm Sunday. Heat indices may reach from 100°-110° Saturday & Sunday.
A Heat Advisory issued for Berkshire County from Noon to 8pm Saturday. Heat indices may reach up to 105°.
Excessive Heat Warning in effect for the Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin County... stretching until 8p Sunday. Highs tomorrow may hit 100°+ for the first time since 2011 and only the 13th time since 1941. pic.twitter.com/eJMRChQhau— Jacob Wycoff (@4cast4you) July 19, 2019
A strong upper level ridge will continue to bring extreme heat & humidity to millions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic for the remainder of the weekend. Temperatures for western Mass will top out in the upper 90s again tomorrow. The hills will get well into the 90s. The Cape and Islands should end up around 90 both days. With widespread dew points in the 70s, the Feels-Like temperature will be about 5-10 degrees hotter.
Sunday is just as hot as today, however pop-up showers are possible. A cold front finally swing through on Monday, changing the air mass to a much cooler and drier one. Rain is likely Monday afternoon into Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday will feature much lower dew points and seasonable temperatures, along with plenty of sunshine.