Heat Wave Arrives, and Plans to Stick Around (UPDATED)

Heat Wave Map - 3

Update: Essex County Codey Arena is available to the public as a cooling center. It will be open to the public Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Essex County Codey Arena is located at 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange.

All NJ TRANSIT rail station waiting rooms will remain open for ticketed customers through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 19.

* Commuter trains departing Hoboken Terminal will be posted at least 20 minutes in advance, enabling ticketed customers to board air-conditioned trains further in advance of their departure times.

* Buses departing the Port Authority Bus Terminal will permit the early boarding of ticketed customers, once the bus has arrived at the departure gate.

* Additional NJ TRANSIT customer service representatives have been deployed to New York Penn Station, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Hoboken Terminal, Newark Penn Station and Frank R. Lautenberg Station at Secaucus Junction to assist customers.

Today will be the first in a series of days weather forecasts are saying will reach into the high 90s, with correspondingly high levels of humidity, in our area. The severe heat wave zone will extend from the mid-Atlantic region near Philadelphia north to Boston, and the National Weather Service says the NY-NJ metro area may get up to seven 90-plus days.

Similar to winter’s wind chill factor, summer’s “heat index” is a number we’ll be hearing about a lot. This combines the temperature with the dew point, and the resulting higher number tells us how it may feel to us when we step outside. Today’s high is expected to reach 96, and the heat index for Baristaville will be around 100 degrees by mid-afternoon.

Heat safety information is posted at the Montclair township website, and at National Weather Service site.

Last July, northern NJ got hit with 11 days of 90-plus heat, and 14 straight days in 2010.

Heat Definitions

Images: Top – Flickr Creative Commons;
Bottom – National Weather Service NY Office Facebook page

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  1. I guess we’ll all have to wait until December to hear some more of herb’s Al Gore jokes.

  2. That’s right spiro because it’s pretty usual to have 90 degree heat in July, heh, heh. What’s next, snow in February?

  3. I’d like to fool with my baby tonight
    break ev’ry rule with my baby tonight
    I’d like to fool with my baby tonight
    break ev’ry rule with my baby tonight
    but pillow you’ll be my baby tonight
    cause it’s too darn hot
    it’s too darn hot

  4. spiro- How can I make fun of Al Gore, he is laughing all the way to the bank. An environmental activist, with a historically huge carbon footprint, that sells his little watched TV station for $500,000,000 to a company that is funded off the backs of fossil fuel…then says “I’m proud of it” and he still gets you kool aid drinkers to fawn all over him. I love it. Nope can’t make this stuff up.

  5. Al Gore is not merely a gas bag. He has redefined gasbagdom. He has set new standards for gasbagosity. If his verbiage were made out of carbon dioxide, Earth’s oceans would have boiled away by now.

  6. Wow, you’re all absolutely correct. That Al Gore is such a phony. Therefore it would be stupid to pursue conservation of our resources, explore alternative energy, and monitor all forms of pollution from mercury, lead and dioxin.
    While we’re at it, let’s encourage manufacturers to throw away the scrubbers on their smokestacks, pour sewage and medical waste into any available waterways, and triple our tracking. I mean, that guy is such a liar. It’s not like we’re experiencing freakish weather patterns and the untimely death of honeybees or anything. Oh, wait…

  7. Hahaha! Good rant, fran!

    However, your logic is flawed. Al Gore is indeed a gasbag, you are correct. But it does not follow that global warming is necessarily a hoax perpetuated by the lamestream media and the leftist conspiracy intent on world domination by a communist totalitarian regime.

    It’s possible to denounce the demagogue without disagreeing with everything he says.

  8. From what I’ve been told by two or three dedicated Evangelicals ( and one or two Haredis ) , it doesn’t matter a whole lot whether we abuse and/or deplete our natural resources. After all, This Existence is only Fleeting and the True Rewards are in the World to Come, if we only Believe in the Lord. If not, well, we roast in Hell. For apostates like me, I only can verify that we roast in July and, sometimes, August.

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