Scorching summer-like heat to return todayBy DOUG ALDEN
New Hampshire Union Leader
June 18. 2018 8:31AM
MANCHESTER — Although summer officially remains a few days off, the weather is running ahead of schedule.
Granite Staters who enjoyed a sunny weekend with temperatures in the 80s are bracing for the first heat surge of the year, with highs today expected to reach the upper 90s in southern areas and heat indexes topping 100.
“It’s going to be the hottest we’ve seen this year,” said Derek Schroeter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.
The Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Monday from noon until 7 p.m. In addition to the temperatures hitting 95 or possibly higher, the humidity is also expected to surge and make afternoon temperatures feel even warmer.
The record high in Concord for June 18 is 98 degrees — one of many Schroeter said could break with the day's heat surge.
“It looks pretty close. That’s in play tomorrow,” Schroeter said.
Even northern areas are looking at the high 80s and could push 90. The good news, Schroeter said, is that a cold front is expected to arrive later Monday along with some storms, which could be heavy at times.
Meanwhile, Schroeter advised all New Englanders to pay attention to the heat advisory. The American Red Cross also released some tips on how to deal with the heat that was on the way.
“High temperatures, humidity and hot indoor environments can quickly cause heat-related emergencies,” said Lloyd Ziel, spokesman for the Red Cross New Hampshire and Vermont region.
Recommendations include getting out early for any exercise like running, staying hydrated, slowing down and remembering to take frequent breaks to avoid overheating and wearing loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing. Also, never leave pets or children alone in vehicles and check on friends and neighbors who might need a hand.
With the heat on the way, plenty of people were outside Sunday enjoying the 85-degree temperatures in the bright sun with little wind or humidity. As comfortable as it felt, it was a little too warm for some.
“I wish it was just a little bit cooler,” said Dan Soucy, who was spraying down the softball diamond at Padden Field before a championship game Sunday afternoon. “Once we get later into the season, it’s just one big dustbowl.”
Soucy said he prefers 20 degrees with snow to 95 degrees and humid.
“I’m one of the few, I know,” Soucy said. “Anything above 75 and I’m not liking it.”
A few people were soaking up the sun on Stevens Pond, hoping to reel in some fish while they were at it.
Rebecca Muse had enough after about three hours in a kayak, seeing plenty of fish but not catching any in the mid-day sun.
“It was nice and warm,” she said. “There was a gentle breeze that pushed me along just enough. It wasn’t too hot, but tomorrow — no fish tomorrow. Too hot for them.”