Extreme summer heat with expected high temperatures of about 95 on Saturday and 96 on Sunday will hit the valley, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Michael Doll.
Temperatures in the valley will reach all-time highs on both Saturday and Sunday. “Based on records we have from our station at Penn Valley Airport, Selinsgrove for the 23rd the record in 2016 is 98; In 1991 it was 100 degrees. We’ll be pretty close, a few degrees below those highs. But it will feel like 100 or higher.”
Humidity will not be as high on Saturday, Doll said, although Sunday will feel wetter. Saturday’s ‘real feeling’ temperature nears 100; but on Sunday we expect about 105.”
There should be a slight heat break on Monday, Doll said. “It’s going to be pretty muggy though. Our Monday high is projected in the upper 80s.”
Doll said there will be a front moving into the area, which is the region’s next best chance for widespread rain or thunderstorms across the region. Rainfall has been really patchy to non-existent in recent weeks, but next week is the next best chance for rain, he said.
There is some truth to the well-known saying “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”.
“That’s a partially valid phrase to hear in the summer, but actually it’s both. The real feeling number is how the temperature feels to the human body when relative humidity is combined with air temperature,” Doll explained.
The message for this weekend, he continued, is: “If you work outside, take frequent breaks. Make sure you drink plenty of water. If possible, go into the air conditioning. As for the population of elderly and very young children, make sure you check them out.”
Do not leave pets in the car. Make sure pets stay indoors as much as possible, Doll said, “and make sure they have plenty of water.”
The Valley is not the only area hit by a heatwave as the US East Coast will continue to experience high temperatures. According to Accuweather, the highest temperatures are forecast from southern New York and Connecticut to North Carolina, away from the immediate coast.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.