July is off to a hot start, and temperatures are expected to get even hotter into the July 4th weekend. The Valley will see the first heat wave of 2020.
What is a heat wave?
A heat wave is defined as a period of abnormally and uncomfortably hot weather. Typically a heat wave lasts two or more days. Here in the Valley, we consider a stretch of 90°+ days a heat wave.
How hot has it been this year?
We haven’t had a heat wave yet this year. As of July 2nd – we’ve hit 90° twice so far.
May 26th – 90°
June 9th – 91°
How hot will it get?
Storm Team 27 is forecasting the Valley to make it into the 90s starting July 3rd and continuing through at least July 8th. That would be a 6 day stretch of 90°+ days. See the latest forecast here.
Will this be a record-breaking heat wave?
This could be our longest heat wave in 25 years. In 1995 the Valley had a 6-day heat wave from August 12th – August 17th. Our area hasn’t seen a stretch of 90°+ days that long since then.
When was our most recent heat wave?
Last year the Valley saw a 3 day heat wave July 19th – July 21st.
Don’t forget about heat safety!
- Do not leave your child or pet in the car. When we tested Thursday how hot a car can get, the temperature inside started at 80 degrees and climbed to over 100 in 10 minutes and over 110 in 20 minutes. Ohio is one of 18 states with the highest number of child heatstroke deaths. Already this year, six children have died from heatstroke in a car. Last year, there were 52 deaths and 53 deaths the year before. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911 and get help immediately.
- Slow down! Avoid strenuous outdoor activities until the coolest time of the day. Anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place available.
- Take breaks from the sun and the heat.
- Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light-colored clothing.
- Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Try to stay out of the direct sun. If out, wear sunscreen! Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat.
- Check on your family and neighbors who may struggle in the heat.
- Don’t forget about your furry friends. They also need breaks from the heat and plenty of water.