Many of the major cities in the Midwest and Northeast – from Chicago to Washington, DC and Philadelphia – began a heatwave on Friday. New York City, which missed a 90-degree reading by just one degree, is likely to reach the number Saturday to start its own trend.
Temperatures will rise again until well into the 90s in much of the plains, the Midwest and the Northeast today.
Friday's heat index was 110 degrees and higher in parts of Illinois and Wisconsin. Pontiac, Ill., Hit a heat index of 115 degrees. Chicago's Midway International Airport achieved a heat index of 110 degrees.
The heat will expand to the northeast on Saturday with temperatures in the '90s and heat index levels in the early' 90s. The heat index in parts of the Midwest on Saturday could reach over 110 degrees, including in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Excessive heat warnings and clocks have been exposed for many capital regions, including Kansas City, Missouri; Chicago; Detroit; Philadelphia; New York; Hartford, Connecticut; and Albany, New York. From Oklahoma to Vermont, heat recommendations were issued for large parts of the region.
Even at night, the heat wave will find little relief. The actual temperature at 21 o'clock. Friday night in Chicago was 90 degrees, with a three digit heat index. Low temperatures in some of the major metropolitan areas will find it hard to drop below 80 degrees Celsius this weekend.
The actual Sunday temperature is approaching 100 degrees in New York City, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Hartford, Connecticut. The heat index values will increase in the 100's with localized 105 degree heat index values in urban areas of the northeast.
The heatwave is expected to last at least until July 4th. If the heat continues beyond the holiday, this heat wave could reach some of the remarkably long heat waves recorded in places like New York City and Albany, New York.
Storm meets Northern Plains
Another round of thunderstorms are now shooting across parts of the Midwest with damaging winds, big hail and short tornadoes from Kansas to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. There is an increased risk of severe weather in parts of eastern Nebraska and Iowa where locally destructive winds and heavy hail can occur. The danger of the tornado is greatest in this region.
Cities that could see bad weather today are Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska; Kansas City, Missouri; and Minneapolis.
In addition, the storms will move slowly as the main ridge of high pressure brings the heat wave east. Slow thunderstorms cause possible flooding. Local is expected in parts of eastern Nebraska and Iowa with 2 to 3 inches of rain, locally 3 to 4 inches or more are possible.
Fire Hazard Continues
There are currently 56 large forest fires in New York Mexico to Alaska
The spring fire in Costilla County, Colorado, has burned 28,648 acres and is contained 0 percent. Due to the fire, forced evictions are required in this area.
The Waverly Fire caused evacuation on Friday in Milton, California. The fire burned 10,000 acres and is only 10 percent contained.
It will be another day of warm temperatures in much of the West. Temperatures in today's parts of California's interior will reach almost 100 degrees.
Gaudi winds, low relative humidity and high heat will bring the next round of high fires in parts of Northern California and Utah.