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Severe heat wave has begun, will remain

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ALERT: A potentially crippling heat wave begins today, with the National Weather Service forecasting high temperatures of 93 degrees in some areas today, 96 tomorrow and 94 on Sunday — and that’s not all.

Humidity inland is expected to remain high for the extended Fourth of July weekend.

The service has put parts of the state under an excessive heat watch from tomorrow morning through Sunday night.

It is urging people to:

  • keep out of the sun;
  • stay in air-conditioned spaces, if possible;
  • drink plenty of water;
  • check on loved ones and neighbors.

And be sure to protect your pets.

It won’t be all that much better after the weekend ends.

After that, temperatures are expected to remain in the high 80s, and possibly hit 90, during the week.

This comes after one of the hottest months of May on record.

May 2013 tied with 1998 and 2005 as the third warmest May in the 134-year period that weather watchers have kept global land and sea records.

Several regions around the world had record warmth, including north central Siberia, west central Australia, parts of northern and eastern Europe, parts of Libya and Algeria in northern Africa, part of northeastern China, the Philippines, and part of northern South America, the NWS reports.

At the very same time, western Greenland had record cold.

The average land temperature in the Northern Hemisphere was the fifth-warmest on record, while the Southern Hemisphere — which has considerably less land surface — had its second-warmest.

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