Pittsburgh should see weekend relief from high temperatures
July 6, 2012 3:45 PM
John Heller / Post-Gazette
Kaili Hall, 3, and her mother, Andriane Hall, catch some waves at Settlers Cabin Wave Pool in Collier Township.
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Keith Sines and Fred Interthal work with shingles at a shopping center along Route 8 in Richland Township., Because of the severe heat wave the crew starts at 5 a.m. and work till noon. In the extreme heat, the shingles get too soft.
By Emily Dobler Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A much needed break in the heat is on the horizon.
National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Coblentz said thunderstorms are expected late Saturday through Sunday, which will "cool things down to 80 degrees."
The storms will push out the high pressure system built up in the last 10 days, which has kept the warm air close to the ground, Mr. Coblentz said.
In July of 1988, Pittsburgh faced its worst heat wave yet. There were 13 days of above-90-degree weather, and it hit above 100 degrees twice.
That year "was the crown jewel of heat," Mr. Coblentz said. "We're still quite a bit away from that."
Right now, the weather stands at 84 degrees, but it could get up to 97 degrees as the afternoon progresses.
The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory suggesting those with medical conditions and the elderly to stay indoors; others should keep in the shade, stay hydrated, and should limit outdoor activity.
"The heat takes a toll on healthy people too," Mr. Coblentz said.