Another hot and humid day is forecast for most of New Jersey on Saturday with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible in the late afternoon or early evening, according to the National Weather Service.
The Garden State has endured the uncomfortable weather for much of the past week, with temperatures in the low 90s in most of the area. Relief isn’t expected until next week.
The heat index, which indicates how hot in will feel once the humidity is factored in, has been in the mid-to-upper 90s, but could soar “very near 100 degrees” Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service tweeted.
The heatwave that has spread across the United States has been extreme this summer, with disastrous flooding in the Midwest and drought conditions in the Northeast, including portions of New Jersey, according to Accuweather.com.
At the Jersey Shore and in Delaware on Saturday, there’s a low risk of rip currents but the risk rises to moderate and “life-threatening” along the Long Island shoreline, according to the National Weather Service.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms, which may occur in parts of the state between 1 and 7 p.m., will do little to cool off the region. Heat returns on Sunday and Monday with indices of 95 to 100 degrees, the weather service said.
Cooler weather is forecast for Tuesday when there’s a higher – 40% – chance of showers and thunderstorms, according to the weather service.
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