Our second heat wave of 2019 is just getting started here in Baltimore this week. So far this year we have had 9 days of 90 degree readings which is actually right on par from this time last year. We usually average 31 days so in reality we are just getting started with the Summer season ahead.
Temperatures look to get warmer the next few days although the humidity will be down. Northwest flow around our large area of high pressure is to thank for that at least in the short term. Humidity values will rise back to the oppressive range as we hit the weekend and when the heat peaks. This is where we could see feel like temperatures to the skin closing in on 100 degrees.
As always we stress to take precautions when it comes to the heat. Of course you wanna stay hydrated with plenty of water and limit any strenuous activity to the morning/evening hours. Check on elderly friends and neighbors and don't forget the pets this time of year. With all that said we still have heat related safety issues when it comes to the car and hot surfaces below.
Year after year we do stories of young children and pets being left behind in hot cars. It's simple "Look Before You Lock". Enclosed areas such as a car at a temperature of 90 degrees outside within 30 mins could topple 124 degrees with all of the windows up. These types of temperatures can be deadly hence why we stress the point to check the backseat or make a reminder of sorts to never leave anyone behind. It's easy and will take less than a minute to do so.
Besides hit cars we have hot pavement below. Over the last few years we have seen issues with dogs having burned paws and people picking up on serious burns to the feet at the beach on hot sand. Research from the University of Maryland has shown that surfaces such as blacktop, sand, and concrete can be well over 120 degrees with an air temperature of 90 degrees. If your walking around the pool or down at the beach put the sandals on. For Fido of course walk him/her early or during the evening hours. Also try to keep your pets on the grassy/dirt surfaces to avoid the burns.
With an early period of prolonged heat it's time to start thinking about the safety tips above since there is plenty of Summer to go. Stay safe out there friends and stay cool over the coming days ahead. A little relief arrives in the forecast by Monday before more heat for the 4th of July.