Upstate NY heat wave: Another brutal day with 'limited relief' from storms

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A massive heat wave roasting the central and eastern US this weekend with temperatures that felt like the triple digits is expected to linger at least into the July 4th holiday, weather officials said on Sunday.

"All those days are really humid, essentially what it would feel like to be a hundred or higher", Wistar said.

It's going to be a steam bath Wednesday with a hazy start and spotty showers and storms in the afternoon and evening. Some of the storms could be strong with gusty winds and heavy rain.

Showers and storms will increase for Thursday and Friday as a cold front works in from the northwest. Most of these will have dissipated by the time the cold front traverses southern New England by Tuesday evening, but an isolated thunderstorm can not be ruled out north and west of the city during the evening commute. We'll hold an isolated chance for rain through Friday morning, before much drier and cooler air moves in for the weekend. The Heat index on Wednesday should fall below the 100 mark for the first time since Sunday. Heat indeces look to push close to 100 by the afternoon.

Amid a heat wave in the Northeast and Midwest, the National Weather Service wants to remind everyone that heat can kill, and people should take precautions ahead of the July 4 holiday.

Through tonight: A couple of showers and storms continue to meander in parts of the area through about sunset.

Virginia Beach will be the warmest, with temperatures reaching the high 80s.

The longest heat waves on record in CT lasted a total of 10 days. Overnight, skies are partly to mostly clear. Also, don't forget to check on the young, the elderly, and pets, all groups more susceptible to the excessive heat. Canadian high pressure and a dip in the jet stream should then build in for the remainder of next weekend, bringing a return to more tolerable high temperatures in the upper 80s and lowering humidity values.