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    Oppressive Hot Spell for Philly, NYC, DC, Boston

    By By Courtney Spamer, Meteorologist
    July 17, 2013, 5:02:55 AM EDT

    High heat and humidity will dangerously bake New England and the mid-Atlantic through the balance of this week.

    The majority of New England and the mid-Atlantic had a day in the upper 70s to mid-80s to start off the weekend on Saturday.

    Hotter temperatures are closing out the weekend and will continue to dominate through at least Wednesday or Thursday.

    After some communities cracked the 90-degree mark on Sunday, many more will see temperatures soar into the 90s on Monday. That includes Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York City and Providence.


    Boston will also warm to around 90 degrees this day as the 90-degree heat expands across the Ohio Valley.

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    Even hotter temperatures are in store for the mid-Atlantic on Tuesday, while the 90-degree heat grips many from the Ohio Valley to the Northeast.

    Below are Saturday's temperatures compared to the forecast highs for Tuesday:

    City, State
    Saturday High
    Tuesday Forecast High
    Boston, Mass.
    Providence, R.I.
    Albany, N.Y.
    New York, N.Y.
    Philadelphia, Pa.
    Baltimore, Md.
    Washington, D.C.

    Worsening the situation is the fact that oppressive humidity will also in place, making the air feel dangerously hotter each day.

    AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures will generally top out between 95 and 100 degrees across New England and 100 and 105 degrees across the mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley. These values could even eclipse 105 degrees in the latter two regions.

    Such heat is dangerous for those spending a significant amount of time outdoors or in buildings without air conditioners or numerous fans.

    If you are planning to be outside during this time, especially in the afternoon, be sure to wear sunscreen and protective clothing. It is also important to drink plenty of water in order to remain hydrated.

    Consider spending the day in a mall or friend's house that is air conditioned in your home is not, and be sure to check on the elderly, children and pets to make sure they are staying safe during this heat wave.


    AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski contributed to the content of this story.

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