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It stays hot but the humidity takes a break

Posted at 7:43 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 19:43:58-04

NEW YORK — The second heat wave of the season became official on Tuesday as temperatures climbed into the 90s for the third day in a row.

The high humidity also made it feel brutal with the heat index climbing toward 100 degrees during the afternoon. Even coastal sections felt the heat as the winds came from the west.

A weak frontal boundary will cross through the region Tuesday night. As of this afternoon, most of the shower activity was widely scattered about leaving us with a stray shot of a thunderstorm for the evening. The rest of the night will be partly cloudy with temperatures dropping into the mid 70s.

It stays hot for Wednesday, but the frontal boundary that will pass Tuesday night will allow the humidity to back off. Temperatures will climb back to around 90 during the afternoon with mostly sunny skies. The "drier" heat will make it feel a little more bearable than the past few days.

The humidity climbs back up briefly on Thursday as the winds shift back to the southwest. Temperatures will hold in the lower 90s, but another cold front will approach in the afternoon. Scattered storms will develop late in the day and that will allow the heat to finally ease for Friday.

Expect temperatures to hold in the upper 80s on Friday under partly cloudy skies. The frontal boundary could linger around on Friday keeping the risk of a shower or two around.

After one more hot day on Saturday with highs around 90, temperatures will hold the 80s starting on Sunday. The risk of afternoon showers and thunderstorms will return on Sunday and could continue into early next week.