Heat wave arrives!
Hazy, hot and humid that's how to describe the week ahead.
According to the National Weather Service, everyone in the Northeast corridor of the country will see sun, sun and more sun; as well as daytime temperatures in the high 90s from today until at least Friday.
Meteorologists at The Weather Channel explain that the current heat wave the Northeast is bracing for is due to a "large dome of high pressure in the upper atmosphere."
That means the high pressure system will act like a greenhouse, trapping the warmth from the summer sun and creating a very uncomfortable outdoor experience during daytime hours.
Pools and lakes in the area may provide some relief from the heat though.
Tom Evans, recreation director for the Lehighton Pool, said that he is expecting to have a huge turnout this week.
To prepare for larger crowds and keep his staff safe, Evans explained that he will be adding extra staff on shifts; as well as close down the concession stand for a half-hour each day to make sure workers who are cooking can get a break from the heat of the kitchen.
At Mauch Chunk Lake Park, David Horvath, parks director, said that they usually see a larger turnout during heat waves and are prepared for this week.
"Weekends are always busy so we're prepared with staffing and parking when it comes to big crowds during heat waves during the week," he said.
Kevin Koflanovich, Beltzville State Park manager, echoed Horvath's thoughts, saying that he expects that more people will visit the beach; adding that there is more staff available at the park this year.
He also noted that anyone looking for a lake or pool to cool off can visit the DCNR website at www.dcnr.state.pa.us and click on "Things To Do" to find locations.
There are risks associated with the heat and people should be prepared if they are outdoors.
Young children and senior citizens are especially susceptible to becoming overheated or experience heat-related issues; but anyone can have problems.
Make sure you are well hydrated if you will be outdoors. With the excessive heat and humidity, a person will lose water quickly and dehydration can set in, causing tiredness, confusion and sometimes a headache. It not corrected, dehydration can turn into a serious problem.
Stay indoors in a cool place if at all possible during the hottest part of the day. With the combination of heat, humidity and the sun beating down, a person who is outdoors can experience heat exhaustion, which can lead to health problems if not addressed, and possibly heat stroke or death.
A little relief will come after the sun sets daily, as temps are expected to drop into the low 70s.
The first chance of "cooler" daytime weather will arrive on Saturday, when a cold front begins to push the high pressure mass southward.
Temperatures this weekend are expected to be in the mid to high 80s, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms both days.