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July 6, 2013

The heat just keeps hanging on

No relief in sight from heat, high humidity

With no air conditioning in his room, Dan Lasko, 22, of Derry has an unusual way of fighting the heat.

“Sometimes you just have to put your head in the freezer for a few seconds,” he said.

Lasko was one of many looking for cooler places yesterday as temperatures rose above 90 degrees for the second consecutive day.

Meteorologists are telling people to get used to the steamy weather.

“It’s going to be pretty similar through the weekend,” said Joe Simpson, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Taunton. “It won’t cool down until Monday, when it will dip back into the 80s.”

While Simpson said many focus on the temperature, the heat index is the number meteorologists care about in hot and humid weather.

“That’s how the temperature feels to the body,” he said. “That number could be close to 100 degrees.”

Dan St. Jean, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, said not only will it be hot, but there won’t be much rain either.

“There will be isolated thunderstorms, but we don’t expect many,” he said. “The scattered late afternoon thunderstorms we’ve been seeing will likely return next week.”

Today is the third consecutive day for which the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory.

The combination of high temperatures and high humidity result in conditions in which heat illness is possible.

Temperatures today are expected to reach well into the 90s throughout most of the region. Combine that with the high humidity ad you get a heat index value at or just above 100 degrees this afternoon.

The average temperature at this time would be in the low 80s, Ryan Breton of Atkinsonweather.com said, making this spell 10 to 15 degrees above that. It came out of nowhere, Breton.

Some towns and cities opened up buildings for people to get a reprieve from the heat. Others are taking a wait-and-see approach.

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