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2016 American Northeast heat wave

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The 2016 American Northeast heat wave was a heat wave which affected New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania with heat indexes reaching up to 45 °C (113 °F).[1]

Meteorological history[edit | edit source]

A ridge of high pressure aloft began to slowly build as it began to move into the Northeast during the mid-week of August 8–12. Southerly winds from the Southwest transported moisture to the ridge, which increased the humidity levels in the atmosphere.[2] With this, high temperatures in the cities such as Washington D.C, New York City and Philadelphia were expected to climb to 32–38 °C (90–100 °F), with heat indexes as high as possibly 42 °C (108 °F). making it extremely hot and muggy. Excessive heat warnings and watches were posted for the afflicted cities.[2]

The heat wave lasted into the middle of the following week, before temperatures cooled down slightly to August-average.

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