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Get ready for the summer's 2nd heat wave

Posted at 6:20 PM, Jul 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-25 18:20:43-04

NEW YORK — Get ready for the second heat wave of the season with near record highs.

The temperatures to beat at Central Park Sunday through Tuesday are 98, 98 and 97 respectively.

The heat is already on at LaGuardia as highs topped out at 91 degrees Saturday afternoon. The mercury reached out the upper 80s throughout the remaining regions.

Air quality is another major concern across the area. Those suffering from COVID-19 and other respiratory issues could be affected. An air quality alert will remain in effect until 11 p.m. tonight and will go back into effect tomorrow at 10 a.m. across the tri-state area.

Additionally, a heat advisory will also be in place from noon tomorrow until 8 p.m. Monday. Heat indices are slated to rise between 95 and 100 degrees Sunday through Tuesday. Feel like temps in New Jersey may get as high as 105.

Right now, there is no excessive heat warning, which could chance in the coming days as heat becomes more intense.

Also, it looks pretty dry for the early part of the week. However, a cold front will likely aid in bringing showers and thunderstorms Tuesday into Wednesday.

Tracking the Tropics

Hurricane Hanna has become the earliest 8th named storm and the first hurricane of the Atlantic season. It made landfall in Padre Island, Texas at 6 p.m. on Saturday with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.

The last earliest eighth storm was Harvey on Aug. 3, 2005, which was one of the costliest and deadliest tropical systems on record. While it’s too early to determine the total impacts of Hanna, the hurricane does present life threatening conditions.

High tide is expected within the 7 p.m. hour which can exacerbate the situation. In addition to COVID-19 concerns, there have been reports of about 20,000 customers without power. There are also reports of over 5 feet of storm surge in parts of southern Texas.

Furthermore, flooding and rain are the biggest problems with this storm. Anticipate locally heavy rain from South TX to North East Mexico with 6-12 inches of rain, and up to 18 inches possible.

As for Gonzalo, it is now a remnant low in the Caribbean. The National Hurricane Center’s final advisory says that the storm has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. The storm continues to dissipate with no clearly defined center.

Tropical squalls associated with the remnants of Gonzalo will continue to move westward for the next day or so and could bring gusty winds and heavy rain to portions of the southeastern Caribbean.

There’s also another area of low pressure worth noting. This system is several hundred miles southwest of Cabo Verde Islands. It’s expected to move westward at about 15 mph during the next several days, and a tropical depression is likely form early next week when the system reaches the central tropical Atlantic.