On Friday, the temperature reached 94 degrees in Philadelphia. 94 degrees is a kind of been there, done that type of heat. We've gotten to 94 degrees four times in the past ten days.
However, today's high of 98 degrees is a different story. We haven't gotten to 98 since July of 2013. It's all thanks to a massive dome of heat prompted by a giant dome of high pressure bringing in wind from the West Southwest.
If you're wondering why we're hitting 92 degrees on the beach at the shore, it's because of that wind (and yes, we're hitting the 90s on the sand at the shore, sorry).
Needless to say, the burn time is an exceptionally quick 10 minutes, so sunscreen is a must, as is lots and lots of water. Don't leave your pet (or your kids) in a closed car, even with the windows cracked. It takes just 60 minutes for your closed up car to hit 140 degrees in our weather, which is the temperature you cook steak to, so make sure you pay extra attention to this.
Sunday will be slightly cooler, 97 degrees in Philadelphia and 90 degrees at the Shore. We'll be within a degree of Philadelphia's record on Sunday. The humidity will creep up a bit on Sunday, as well. That means the 97 degrees will feel somewhere around 102-104 degrees. The high 90s roll right through to Monday, when we top out at 99, a new record for the day and a feat we haven't accomplished on any day in the calendar in over 4 years.
On top of that 99, it will be very humid, so that 99 will feel close to 110 degrees. A heat that high combined with bad air quality means you shouldn't be doing any physical activity outside (we give you permission to take the day off) and you should stay indoors as much as possible. There are also some storms rolling through for Monday.
The heat rolls on
We're looking at an eight-day heat wave here, as temperatures head to the mid 90s for Tuesday and Wednesday and then the sweet, sweet relief of low 90s for Thursday and Friday.