By Justin Drabick

After a warm but comfortable past few days, the weather pattern returns to a hot and humid pattern for the Delaware Valley. Today reached 90 degrees, day one of at least eight 90+ degree days in the forecast.

The heat, currently over the center of the country, moves eastward this week. The first half of the week will be hot and humid, but the real heat comes in for the latter half of the week.

It will be a muggy start to Monday with sunshine and highs reaching the low to mid 90s. A cold front will sag southward into northern Pennsylvania Monday night, providing a chance of scattered storms Monday night, especially north of Phila.

Scattered storm chances continue on Tuesday as the front washes out. Some storms could be strong to severe. Highs on Tuesday will be slightly cooler in the lower 90s. Temperatures remain in the low 90s for Wednesday with plenty of sunshine and high humidity.

The big ridge of high pressure causing all the heat over the Central U.S. will move to the east coast on Thursday and bring very hot temperatures and high humidity Thursday through Saturday.

Highs on Thursday will reach the mid 90s, upper 90s on Friday, and mid 90s on Saturday. Air temperatures combined with the humidity will feel like well over 100 degrees these days. On Sunday, the ridge begins to break down, but highs still will remain hot in the low 90s.

Record highs this week are in the upper 90s and low 100s. Some records could be challenged late in the week.

Some good heat tips to know are, try to avoid prolonged periods in the sun from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water. If you become thirsty, you are all ready dehydrated.

On average, the warmest time of the year is in late July. Try to stay cool!

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