HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - Summer in Hudson County can be quite the ride. When you're not wading through torrential flooding, you're likely slow roasting in this concrete convection oven we call home.
Throughout the days ahead, dangerous excessive heat is expected for much of the region. According to the Hudson County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), "Heat index values above 100F are possible for at least a portion of the region from Saturday through Wednesday, with the worst of the heat wave likely coming on Mon."
The National Weather Service has our area under a Hazardous Weather Outlook, stating, "A prolonged period of heat and humidity is expected Saturday into early next week. Heat indices Saturday are forecast to be mostly in the lower 90s, but could potentially reach 95 in a few spots. Heat indices then climb to around 100 on Sunday, then 100 to 104 on Monday. Heat advisory criteria would therefore be met for Sunday and Monday. In addition, there is a low potential of widespread heat indices reaching excessive heat warning levels of 105 on Sunday and Monday. The heat and humidity probably continues into Tuesday with heat indices in the mid 90s."
Hudson County OEM advises residents to, "wear loose fitting clothing, stay hydrated, remain indoors during peak afternoon hours, call NJ 211 if cooling center is needed."
Of course, we're all used to staying inside by now. If you do want to get out, conditions earlier in the day or in the evening will likely be more favorable for light to moderate exercise. Due to COVID concerns, officials have advised against large indoor gatherings—particularly in air-conditioned environments, where air is continually recycled—as this creates a higher-risk environment for transmission.
While outdoor gatherings are better, they're still not ideal. Following the furor over significant crowding at beaches down the Shore last week, authorities will likely be on guard throughout the next few days as temperatures spike.
Plan accordingly and stay safe. Longer term forecasts see some degree of cooling toward the middle of next week.
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