The sticky, sweat-inducing heat will continue throughout the next six days as weather experts forecasted no break in humidity for another week.
“It is very humid and, unfortunately, it looks like it will stay that way into next week,” Carl Erickson, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather, said Thursday.
Erickson said temperatures in South Jersey for the ongoing heat wave, which started Wednesday, ranged from the mid- to upper 90s in the inland, western portions of the region. Coastal temperatures were about 10 degrees cooler.
Temperatures will continue to climb this weekend along the coast as western winds carry the heat to the shore. Although temperatures are not likely to break records recorded at Atlantic City International Airport — today’s record high was 99 degrees in 1957 — the combination of the heat and humidity may be dangerous.
“The problem with this heat wave is this humidity. It has been really high, extraordinarily high,” Erickson said. “The temperatures and humidity combined make it a dangerous combination.”
If there is any chance of record-breaking heat, it could happen Saturday, Erickson said, as forecasts predict temperatures in the upper 90s — about 98 degrees with a “real feel” of 110 degrees. The record, set in 1991, is 100 degrees, he said.
Erickson said area residents could expect a thunderstorm Sunday night into Monday, but that will not give any relief because the humidity will remain high.
As temperatures continue to soar, visitors and employees on the Atlantic City Boardwalk on Thursday said they are doing whatever they can to stay cool.
Amanda Hill, of Lodi, Bergen County, said she arrived in the city Wednesday for a minivacation with her family. Since arriving, she has spent most of her time at The Pool at Harrah’s to avoid the stale heat outside.
As she walked the Boardwalk in front of the Steel Pier on Thursday, she was grateful for the cool ocean breeze.
“It’s hotter (back home) than it is down here,” she said.
Hill said she and her mother had to change plans Wednesday night as they were walking along the Boardwalk and a heavy fog hovered over the region.
“Once it was coming down, we had to go inside,” she said.
While Atlantic City visitors could try to beat the heat by wearing shorts and tanktops, some employees working Thursday remained covered up in khaki pants, hats, T-shirts and work aprons.
That was the case for Saiaa Tasnim, of Atlantic City, who spent hours selling ice cream and water ice to people in front of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort on Thursday.
Tasnim said she considered herself lucky because she was stationed around products that require being cold.
“I mean, it is an ice cream store, so it’s not too hot,” she said. “We’re lucky we’re working here and not by the pizza.”
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