Heat, air quality alerts issued for parts of coastal Maine

Henrietta Strickland
June 19, 2018

West wind 9 to 13 miles per hour becoming northwest after midnight. The chance of precipitation is 30 percent during the day, rising to 60 percent at night.

The National Weather Service has issued a Code Orange air quality alert for Sunday.

According to NWS, temperatures will be back down in the 80s on Tuesday, with a high near 83. For many locations, heat index values will approach and top 100 degrees. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

Heavy rainfall rates could produce up to an inch of rain in some areas.

There is also a potential for strong to severe thunderstorms across the region in the afternoon and evening, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

The storms will break the heat with Tuesday's high temperature forecast at just 76 degrees.

Temperatures will be about 90 by mid-afternoon, and dew points could reach into the lower 70s. Heat indices are expected to remain in the 90s even at night.

A pair of high pressure centers are working to funnel extreme heat and humidity out of the south and southwest straight up to the Great Lakes on Monday, prompting widespread heat advisories and excessive heat warnings as temperatures - and heat danger - soar.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. "Heat stress or heat-related illnesses are also possible, especially for the elderly and those sensitive to heat". The heat could create unsafe situations and those whoa re going to be outside are advised to drink plenty of fluids. If you can not afford an air conditioner, spending some time each day (during hot weather) in an air conditioned environment affords some protection.

In addition to threats from the heat itself, the Better Business Bureau is warning consumers and business owners to be on the lookout for air conditioning scams this weekend, including unsolicited phone or door-to-door calls.

While temperatures and humidity are expected to subside after Monday - forecasters note that this time of year - high heat and humidity can become common; and practicing good hydration can save lives throughout the summer months.

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