It’s going to feel like 106 on Saturday

Heat wave to end by Monday

SARAH SMELTZ/THE EXPRESS The temperature reading on a gauge outside Jersey Shore State Bank on Bellefonte Avenue in Lock Haven on Thursday afternoon read 92 degrees.

LOCK HAVEN — “Get in the pool or get in the air-conditioning.”

That’s all that National Weather Forecaster Charles Ross could suggest when asked how to cool off during the coming weekend.

“It’s gonna be on the hot side for the next couple of days,” he said as he talked about the temperatures getting extremely high over the weekend, and then cooling off considerably at the beginning of next week.

But for now, it’s the heat everyone is talking about.

Ross called Thursday the “warm up,” and said Friday will be “a little hotter,” and Saturday will be “oppressive,” with highs expected at 94 or 95… maybe 96. It’s hard to hit 100,” he said.

“But it’s not the temperature that’s making it so unbearable,” he said.

“It’s going to be very humid and that will put the heat index up to about 104 on Friday and 106 on Saturday. The heat index is what it will feel like,” he explained.

The NWS has issued a heat advisory from noon Friday to noon Saturday, and an excessive heat warning from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

“Anybody who is susceptible to heat is going to want to be real careful the next few days,” Ross said, recommending those out in the heat drink lots of cold liquids and stay hydrated. “A heat stroke can come on you very quickly,” he said.

“The third week of July is almost always the hottest week of the year in Central Pennsylvania and it looks like we’re gonna hit it right on this weekend. This is probably the peak of summer. It doesn’t look like it will get any hotter going forward. I see some relief next week with a cold front coming Monday,” Ross said.

High temperatures Monday and Tuesday are expected in the low 70s with showers and perhaps a thunderstorm Sunday and Monday, he said.

“There’s not a lot of weather to talk about right now, but there’s a lot of heat, and it’s all over the nation, from coast-to-coast.

“So, if you like hot weather, take advantage of the next few days. If you don’t, hang in there, cooler weather is on its way,” he said.