It’s hot. Not necessarily record-breaking hot, but that could change today. And right now, it’s hot enough that weather officials are advising people to wear loose clothing and stay indoors if possible.
“It certainly is a little above average,” Mike Pigott, meteorologist from AccuWeather, said Monday. “Normal (this time of year) is about 85.”
According to AccuWeather’s website, today is going to be a scorcher: the day’s high temperature will feel like 100 degrees.
Pigott said today’s temperatures should remain in the low 90s — about 92 degrees — but there is a chance Atlantic City could break weather records.
AccuWeather’s website predicted that the temperature at Atlantic City International Airport would reach 90 degrees, and Hammonton should reach a high of 96. Thunderstorms are also predicted in spots.
“If you’re going to break any records it would be tomorrow,” Pigott said Monday, adding that the record for the area for July 12 is 96 degrees.
He said there is a reason for the heat. A strong surge in southerly winds have been blowing up from the Gulf Coast, bringing a bit of southern heat to South Jersey.
“Normally, it’s off the Gulf Coast, but it trickled up,” he said.
If the heat was not enough, it’s going to be sticky, too. Humidity is another thing to be reckoned with, and Pigott said it is going to be uncomfortable, at best, outside.
“Tomorrow’s going to feel atrocious,” he said, adding that the heat and humidity brings a chance of thunderstorms Tuesday evening.
The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for South Jersey that is in effect until 8 p.m. today.
“The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible,” reads the advisory. Another warning: Drink plenty of fluids and avoid staying outside for an extended period of time.
Atlantic City Electric officials said they know with high heat comes high energy use — mostly in the form of increased air conditioner usage.
Sandra May, the company’s spokeswoman, said company officials monitor the weather to prepare themselves for the increased stress on their system.
“We are prepared to respond to our customers needs should an outage occur,” May said Monday. “And we’d complete that restoration as quickly as possible.”
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