Much of the nation will be experiencing hot, humid summer weather on this Fourth of July. Maximum temperatures will exceed 90°F in most locations east of the Rockies, and many locations in the nation’s midsection will see temperatures in excess of 100°F.
|Forecast maximum temperature for July 4, 2012|
At 11:00 a.m. EDT the Midwest and mid-Atlantic region from Delaware to South Carolina were already at 85°F and higher, and the dewpoint ranged from 65° to greater than 70°F.
|Temperature (L) and dewpoint (R) at 11:00 EDT July 4, 2012|
|Forecast heat index for 5:00 p.m. EDT July 4, 2012|
|Heat advisories (orange) and excessive heat warnings (pink) are in effect for most of the central U.S.|
On a day when picnics, parades, and fireworks are tradition, the danger posed by the heat and humidity is very real. Believe it or not, heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year.
If you are going to be outside during hot weather know how to stay safe, and learn the warning signs of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Information on heat waves and how to cope with them can be found at the following links:
- Heat-related Illnesses – Do You Know What to Do? - American Red Cross
- Heat Wave Safety Checklist – American Red Cross
- Heat: A Major Killer – National Weather Service
Have a safe and happy 4th of July, everyone!