Heat wave brings a scorching Fourth of July

'Extreme, dangerous' heat to continue this week, meteorologists say

We expect heat and humidity to be an issue this time of year, and it certainly will be today.

Clouds begin to clear as the afternoon moves forward.

The New York City Emergency Management and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are urging city residents to take extra precautions to stay cool this week. We will see partly cloudy skies tomorrow with scattered showers/storms.

"The combination of heat and humidity will lead to heat indices above 95-100 degrees", forecasters said.

HEAT ADVISORY is up for much of the area to Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. Your Fourth of July forecast will depend on how well that ridge can build back up by Wednesday. Some spot thunderstorms will be possible during the daytime, but it should be dry at night for the fireworks.

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Police have also cordoned off five locations in Amesbury and Salisbury that the couple likely visited on Saturday. A man in Amesbury , Sam Hobson, 29, told AFP he was a friend of the pair and said he saw the man fall ill.

Showers and storms will increase for Thursday and Friday as a cold front works in from the northwest.

A high of 88 degrees is expected on Monday. The high that day is projected to be 78 degrees.

Perhaps the most oppressive heat, however, is found in the urban Midwest, where this high pressure bubble will peak Sunday, forecasters say. A "code orange" means air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as children, those suffering from asthma, heart disease or other lung diseases, as well as the elderly. If you must be outside during the late-morning/afternoon, stay out of the sun as much as possible, seek shade and drink plenty of water. In addition, be sure to check on vulnerable friends, family members and neighbors.

Never leave your children or pets in the auto. Try to avoid doing anything strenuous outdoors between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more info, visit nycgovparks.org.

In Chicago, where heat indexes were forecast to hit as high as 110 degrees, city workers on Saturday had to hose down a bridge because the extreme heat could cause the steel to expand.

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