A heat wave is on the way.
That’s right, on the way. It’s going to get hotter.
According to the National Weather Service, a Midwest weather pattern moving our way will be “Reintroducing record breaking heat to the Mid-Atlantic states … over the next couple of days.”
There is a cold front behind that weather pattern, according to NWS, but, “Much of the Mid-Atlantic will have to wait an additional day before the front can put a significant dent in temperatures across that region.” And, just for good measure, “Scattered storms may accompany the front.”
In Howard County this weekend:
Today will be sunny, hot and humid. The temperature should reach about 98 degrees, but feel more like 101 with the humidity factored in. Tonight the temperature should drop to the high 70s
Saturday will be sunny, hotter, and more humid, with an actual high temperature of 101 degrees. With the humidity, expect it to feel more like 110 degrees. Ouch. Saturday night, temperatures will drop to the high 70s.
Sunday brings a chance for a brief relief, with a 40 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms. But it will still be hot – the mid-90s during the day and high 70s at night.
In other words, this weekend might be a good time to head to the beach.
In Ocean City:
Today, expect a high near 90 degrees with clear, sunny skies, dropping to the mid-70s at night.
Saturday will be sunny with a high near 95 – add humidity and it will feel more like 102. Expect some clouds tonight and temperatures in the high 70s.
Sunday there’s a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon, otherwise expect sunny skies with a high near 90 degrees. There’s the same chance of rain Sunday night, when temperatures will drop to the low 70s.
At Rehoboth Beach:
Today will be mild in Delaware, the high temperature is expected to reach 89 and skies will be clear and sunny. They'll stay clear tonight when temperatures drop to the high 70s.
Saturday, things will heat up. Temperatures should rise to the high 90s and skies should remain sunny and clear. At night, temperatures will drop to about 77 and there's a 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms.
Sunday there’s a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms. Otherwise expect a high near 90 degrees with partly sunny skies. Sunday night will be mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms and a low temperature near 73 degrees.
At Virginia Beach:
Today there’s a 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms. Otherwise expect mostly sunny skies with a high temperature near 92 degrees. There’s also a slight chance of thunderstorms tonight when temperatures drop to 75 degrees.
Saturday should be sunny with actual temperatures reaching about 96 degrees. The heat index – which takes humidity into account – will be closer to 103. Saturday night will be warm, 82 degrees, with partly cloudy skies.
Sunday there is a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Otherwise, expect sunny skies and a high temperature near 92 degrees. Sunday night there’s also a 30 percent chance of rain and temperatures should drop to the high 70s.
If the beach isn’t for you, be sure you have a cool place to spend the weekend. If you don’t you can visit one of Howard County’s cooling centers; the Columbia Association is also letting those without power use their pools for free, according to the Howard County Government website.