Diminishing storm chance leads to a lovely weekend

As the temperatures soar Washingtonians seek out the shade a breeze or a place to splash

As the temperatures soar Washingtonians seek out the shade a breeze or a place to splash

In addition to the heat advisory in NY today, the National Weather Service has also issued an excessive heat warning for New Jersey's Burlington Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties, where meteorologists are forecasting heat index readings of between 100 and 105 degrees. The best day to see that record set will be on Thursday, when our low will likely not fall below 77 degrees. Heat index values are expected to reach risky levels of 105 to 107 degrees this afternoon for areas along and west of Interstate 55. "So the combination of the heat and humidity is really going to make things rather oppressive here", NWS Meteorologist Mitchell Gaines said. Those will be active through 8 p.m. Thursday. That front brings a slight chance for a few showers across that area, but most the state will be dry.

The city is recommending residents drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and caffeine, wear sunscreen as well as lightweight clothing and protective headwear, use curtains and drapes to block out unnecessary light and try to stay indoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The city has opened up several cooling centers for city residents who do not have air conditioning. For more information, just call 211 for help.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.

Duchess of Cambridge unveils blue whale skeleton at Natural History Museum
Lord Avebury addressing an audience at the museum in 1905 during the unveiling of Dippy the Diplodocus. Hope is a real blue whale skeleton measuring 25.2m and is suspended from the ceiling.

Wednesday's rain won't seem to do much to cool down the area.

Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Provide plenty of water and ideally keep pets inside.

An air quality alert is in effect Thursday at the Jersey Shore for ground level ozone amid scorching heat and oppressive humidity, according to the National Weather Service.

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