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Sweatin', Stormin'

By Staff in Miscellaneous on Jul 15, 2010 2:20PM

Photo by scrapplequeen

We've come a long, long way from that horrible, cold, dark Summer That Never Was Of 2009. Remember last year's Pitchfork Music Fest when lots of us were wearing hoodies by the time The Flaming Lips took the stage Sunday night? That's not gonna be an issue this year. In fact, as we head into the return of "Sweatfork," Skilling tells us we've already doubled the number of days with highs at 90 or above over last year's tally and we've got even more on tap. Highs today will reach the lower 90s but the heat index could creep past triple digits in many areas and as high as 105 south of the city where the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory. And the humidity, oh the humidity, is making things feel even grosser.

On top of the heat that's here and the heat to come, we've got a good crack at storms later today. According to the National Weather Service, storms with winds of 60 mph, hail, lots o' lightning, and heavy rains are possible later this afternoon and evening. Maybe some storms will break the heat a bit. Or maybe it'll just make it feel even more soupy outside. Either way, keep the umbrella nearby later and be safe and smart if you're in the heat for prolonged periods of time.