HEAT TO CONTINUE IN VALLEY ON FIRST FULL DAY OF SUMMER

by Christian Mower on June 21, 2012

THURSDAY IS THE FIRST FULL DAY OF SUMMER AND A METEOROLOGIST WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAY, MAINE SAYS THE VALLEY AREA AND WESTERN MAINE WILL EXPERIENCE ANOTHER HOT AND HUMID DAY, MUCH LIKE WEDNESDAY.

ERIC SINSABAUGH SAYS THE WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY FROM NOON THURSDAY UNTIL 7 P.M.

SINSABAUGH SAYS THE COMBINATION OF HIGH HEAT AND HUMIDITY THURSDAY COULD MAKE IT FEEL LIKE 100 DEGREES OR EVEN HIGHER IN SOME LOCATIONS. HE SAYS THERE WILL BE SOME RELIEF FRIDAY WITH A COLD FRONT PUSHING THROUGH THE AREA THAT WILL LOWER TEMPERATURES SOMEWHAT – AND TEMPERATURES WILL BE MORE MODERATE THIS WEEKEND WITH LESS OPPRESSIVE HUMIDITY.

THE FOLLOWING TEMPERATURES WERE RECORDED IN NEW HAMPSHIRE WEDNESDAY: 90 DEGREES IN BERLIN, 96 DEGREES IN CONCORD, 92 DEGREES IN PLYMOUTH AND 99 DEGREES IN NASHUA. IN MAINE, FRYEBURG REPORTED 94 DEGREES AND SINSABAUGH SAYS PORTLAND SET A RECORD FOR THE DATE AT 93 DEGREES.

SINSABAUGH RECOMMENDS DRINKING PLENTY OF FLUIDS, STAYING IN AN AIR CONDITIONED AREA AND OUT OF THE SUN AND CHECKING ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS DURING THE PERIOD OF HIGH HEAT.

ANIMAL WELFARE EXPERTS ALSO CAUTION PET OWNERS TO NOT LEAVE THEIR PETS IN PARKED CARS AND TO MAKE SURE THEIR PETS HAVE PLENTY OF WATER AND ARE KEPT COOL.