National Weather Forecast

Showers and storms are expected across the northern and eastern portions of the nation on Friday, as well as along the Gulf Coast. The July heatwave continues from the Southwest to the East Coast.

The heaviest rain through the first half of the weekend will be in the Northeast, where 3”+ of rain could fall in portions of New England.


July 2023 is set to be the hottest month on record

More from the World Meteorological Organization: “According to ERA5 data from the EU-funded Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), the first three weeks of July have been the warmest three-week period on record and the month is on track to be the hottest July and the hottest month on record. These temperatures have been related to heatwaves in large parts of North America, Asia and Europe, which along with wildfires in countries including Canada and Greece, have had major impacts on people’s health, the environment and economies. « We don’t have to wait for the end of the month to know this. Short of a mini-Ice Age over the next days, July 2023 will shatter records across the board, » said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. « According to the data released today, July has already seen the hottest three-week period ever recorded; the three hottest days on record; and the highest-ever ocean temperatures for this time of year, » Mr Guterres told journalists at UN headquarters in New York.

Here’s what limits Biden on heat waves

More from E&E News: “President Joe Biden plans to announce new government measures Thursday to deal with extreme heat as more than a third of the U.S. population has been under alert for dangerous temperatures in the past week. Yet any effort to expand federal activities to address the risks of heat waves could collide with laws and regulations that limit the government’s ability to help overheated communities. Federal law doesn’t consider extreme heat a disaster, unlike tornadoes, hurricanes or wildfires. Heat-mitigation programs such as opening public cooling centers and rebuilding facilities to be more heat-resistant are handled by states, counties and municipalities, sometimes with federal expertise and cash.

New York, LA, Chicago and Houston, the Nation’s Four Largest Cities, Are Among Those Hardest Hit by Heat Islands

More from Inside Climate News: “Chicago is not known for its blistering temperatures like, say, Phoenix, which is experiencing a relentless stretch of 100-degree days this month. But a recent report analyzing temperature disparities within cities found that Chicago was among the cities with the largest population living in urban heat islands, above San Antonio, San Diego and Phoenix. Urban heat islands are pockets of a city that absorb and retain heat more than surrounding areas due to dense concentrations of pavement, buildings and other urban features and limited natural land cover to reduce temperatures. Five cities—New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago—are home to the highest percentage of the population living in areas with temperatures elevated by at least eight degrees Fahrenheit, according to the analysis by Climate Central of the urban heat island effect in 44 U.S. cities. A dozen of the cities studied, including Chicago, have a proportion of their population living in areas with an urban heat island index of 12 degrees, meaning they are that much hotter than the cities’ baseline temperatures.


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