BOSTON (CBS) – The dreary conditions were only discussed last weekend as the afternoon highs were stuck in the 40s and 50s. Worcester set new records in cold and high temperatures and stayed in its 40s all weekend. It even snowed on Stratton Mountain in Vermont on Saturday morning.
This weekend, what may be the first heat wave since August 2020 begins.
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Well the weekend came in HOT. Boston reached 91 degrees on Saturday afternoon under mostly sunny skies. The humidity was also more clearly visible. What a difference in temperature from inland places with the low 90s to the capes and islands where the highs were in the 70s!
The heat continues on Sunday. Highs will easily cross 90 degrees, with some peaking in the mid to low 90s. It’s getting muggy, so temperatures hit the top 90s. This is the beginning of a really warm day.
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A heat warning applies from Sunday to Monday. With highs in the mid-1990s, both days plus the combination of humidity will cause the heat index values to rise to almost 100 °.
HEAT WAVE ON THE HORIZON
For a heat wave to be official, a city must have three consecutive days of 90 ° or higher temperatures. Saturday likely marked the first day of the season’s first heat wave. This very hot section is likely to last through Tuesday and possibly Wednesday.
Remember that heat-related issues are possible for those at risk and those who do more strenuous outdoor activities. When outside, wear light-colored clothing, try to find adequate shade, take breaks, and drink plenty of water.
Boston now has three 90 ° + days for the season, slightly above the previous annual average of one day so far.
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In fact, the average first 90 ° day for Boston isn’t until June 8th.