The Seacoast’s Hottest Day of Summer (So Far)
As temperatures were expected to soar on Monday, a heat advisory was issued by the National Weather Service for the entire Seacoast until 8 p.m.
Monday will be the worst of the heat with inland temperatures in the mid-90s. Dew points around 70 will push the heat index into the upper 90s, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Hunter Tubbs.
It will be slightly cooler at the beaches.
Thunderstorms are not expected to develop on Monday.
High temperatures will remain in the 90s through Wednesday and then drop back into the 80s on Thursday and 70s through the Independence Day holiday weekend. While lasting several days this heat wave is not historical in nature, according to Tubbs.
"There's a fair number of years where we did have four days in a row" of highs in the 90s the most recent being in August, according to Tubbs.
The most consecutive days with temperatures in the 90s is nine, according to Tubbs.
Dover, Portsmouth and Rochester offer cooling centers for residents to get out of the heat.
- McConnell Center, public library, the city's three fire stations and city hall. These specific public buildings are accessible and welcome to those seeking relief from the heat during regular business hours.
- The Portsmouth Senior Activity Center at 125 Cottage Street is extending the hours so anyone (not just seniors) can take a break in its air-conditioned activity rooms. Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the heat wave.
- The Peirce Island outdoor pool is open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. There are no capacity or length-of-stay restrictions. Portsmouth residents will continue to be admitted free. Non-resident guests are welcome at the previous fee of Adults (18 and over) $4; Child (under 18) $2.
- The public library and city hall.
The National Weather Service has some suggestions for staying cool:
- Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
- Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke including a bad headache, dizziness, lack of sweating and nausea.
- Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible.
- At work schedule frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
- Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.