Record-Breaking Heat Wave Threatens Most of U.S.

Forecast highs for Saturday from the National Weather Service

Forecast highs for Saturday from the National Weather Service

Now, don't let the comfortable, calm and cloudy conditions this morning fool you, dewpoints climb to near 70 later today, with high temperatures near 90.

FOX 5's Michelle Rotella says temperatures of almost 100 degrees are anticipated on both Friday and Saturday and a high of 100 degrees is likely on Sunday.

Nights will provide little relief: According to AccuWeather, temperatures in numerous big cities may struggle to drop below 80 degrees at night, which then allows the heat to build at an even faster pace the next day.

An excessive heat warning was issued for parts of OH early Friday morning and is expected to continue until at least 8 p.m. Saturday.

High humidity and poor air quality are also expected as residents are being asked to stay indoors and avoid outdoor work or extended exposure to the heat.

While this heat wave is not expected to break any records in the Centre County area, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Tom Kines said this will be the first time the temperature is expected to reach the mid-90s since 2016.

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Thunderstorms are possible during this stretch of heat.

Temperatures of around 100 degrees are possible in Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, New York City, Kansas City, St. Louis, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Cincinnati.

After the front moves through we'll dry out and finally cool off!

The heat will be combined with severe humidity that will last through Saturday in the Midwest and through Sunday in the Northeast, the private weather forecaster said.

"We are about to enter a heat emergency, and must do all we can to keep New Yorkers safe", de Blasio said.

Another major risk in a heat wave is children or pets getting left hot cars. Cooling centers have been opened across the city.

Such heat can be deadly. Numerous dead were poor, elderly and lived alone.

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