The May Heat Wave continues as the CSRA sits in the 90s during the afternoon. We’re just at the beginning as a high pressure system off the coast blocks any fronts from pushing into the region. While a little moisture could be wrapped in from the Atlantic and cause an isolated storm or two tomorrow, we’re mostly expecting a lot of sunshine. Most of what’s wrapped in will be hot, moist air from the ocean. The first half of the week will get a little help from the clouds and stay in the low to mid 90s. During the second half of the week, we’ll be 100% at the mercy of the sun and highs will climb into the upper 90s, possibly even hit the triple digits in some places during Memorial Day weekend.
The record-breaking heat will be dangerous, as high temperatures are the number one cause of weather-related deaths, far more than tornadoes or hurricanes. That means you need to take the heat seriously, especially when we don’t typically expect it during the month of May. Remember to drink plenty of water and take breaks in the shade. NEVER leave a child or pet in the car, even with the window cracked. Temperatures can easily jump up near 200 F in a matter of minutes on a hot afternoon, which can quickly lead to death. Take care of yourself and those around you so you all can enjoy an early taste of summer.