West Palm Beach tied its record high temperature Wednesday, reaching a scorching 95 degrees with little relief in sight.
Forecasters were expecting the high Wednesday to hit 93, but a lack of cloud cover and few afternoon showers helped turn it up a notch.
The last time Palm Beach International Airport recorded a 95-degree temperature on July 6 was in 1998.
The normal daytime high for this time of year is 89 degrees.
“The biggest concerns with the heat are always for the very young — under the age of 4 — and for people over 65,” said Palm Beach County Health Department Director Dr. Alina Alonso. “We would advise people to just pay attention, try to stay indoors and wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen.”
An overnight heat record was also tied with temperatures dipping to just 82 degrees. The normal overnight low is 75.
National Weather Service meteorologists did not issue a heat advisory Wednesday, as they did Tuesday, but acknowledged in their forecast discussion that “above seasonally warm” temperatures would remain through the end of the week.
“Due to the high humidity content, the heat index values will be between 105 to 107 in some interior locations,” forecasters wrote.
The culprit for the abnormal heat is a stubborn high-pressure system sitting over South Florida, combined with some lingering upper-level Saharan dust, which is preventing widespread thunderstorms from forming.
Today’s temperature is expected to reach 93 degrees in West Palm Beach with a 10 percent chance of rain.
People should also be aware that pets can suffer from heat-related illnesses and shouldn’t be left in cars, walked during the hottest part of the day or left outside without shade and cool water. The pads of dogs’ feet will also burn on hot sidewalks and streets.
El Cid Animal Clinic Veterinarian Xavier Garcia said half of the dogs that are brought in to his office with heat stroke die.
“What happens is really bad. Dogs get brain swelling, pulmonary edema, the intestines go through shock and start dying,” Garcia said. “You get multi-organ failure. It’s that critical.”
KEEP YOUR PETS COOL
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