Sunday Discussion : The Heat is On

We’re going from tropical style rains… to tropical style heat across the Hudson Valley, this weekend.  We start with the heavy rainfall over the past several days.  You can see, it focused quite squarely on the Hudson Valley…

Widespread rainfall amounts between 2 and 4 inches across the region… with some locally higher amounts, especially in the higher elevations.  This was all a part of a pattern that kept the Hudson Valley unsettled for much of the last week… pretty much ever since we turned the calendar to August.  So only 4 days into the month… and we’re already seeing some areas near the average rainfall for the entire month.  The drought concerns of a month ago, are only a distant memory now.

But we now go from soaker, to sauna.  A SW flow will usher in rather hot temperatures to the Hudson Valley, as highs on Sunday are expected to be near or just above 90°.  When you factor in the high humidity… dew points in the upper 60s to near 70°… we’re going to see ‘real feel’ heat index values in the mid 90s for many parts of the region…

As a result, the valley portions of the region are under a “Heat Advisory” due to the combination of heat and humidity on Sunday.  Make sure you take it easy outside, as heat exhaustion can set in if you don’t take frequent breaks from strenuous activity, or don’t stay properly hydrated.

This heat likely carries us into the first half of the work week as well, so remember… it is summer time, and the same humidity that helped bring us soaking rains, can now make for uncomfortable and potentially dangerously hot and humid conditions.  Be safe, and have a great Sunday.

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