Heat Advisory, Air Quality Alert TodayJuly 17th, 2012 at 8:52 am by Michelle Muscatello under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog
It’s a hot and humid air mass that’s gripping the northeast early this week. I expect today to be the hottest day in RI as temperatures climb to near record highs.
Overall temperatures in inland areas should climb to 93-96° by around 3pm today. When you combine those temperatures with high humidity you get the heat index–what it “feels like” to your body if you’re outside. The heat index could climb to 100-103° during the late afternoon and early evening. That’s why a heat advisory has been issued for most of RI and inland parts of southeastern MA. Heat illnesses are possible today, so make sure to avoid prolonged work in the sun or in poorly ventilated areas, drink plenty of fluids and check in on relatives and neighbors.
In addition to the heat advisory, an Air Quality Alert is in effect. High ground level ozone concentrations will lead to unhealthy air quality for the southern parts of RI and southeastern MA. RIPTA rides are free across the entire state of RI. One way to reduce ozone levels is to drive less. People are encouraged to car pool or take the bus. The poor air quality can aggravate asthma or other lung issues.