Region Bracing for Scorcher Next 2 Days
The first week of school for many in the area will be a hot one. Could this be a prelude to the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s forecast of a warm winter?
The National Weather Service is predicting brutal temperatures and humidity, rising to dangerous levels on Tuesday and Wednesday for the Lowell and Fitchburg region.
With temperatures in the upper 90s and dewpoints in the 70s, the heat index (how hot it feels) could be near 105, according to the meteorologists. These are hazardous conditions, and can result in heat-related illness.
The National Weather Service has issued “heat advisories” for Tuesday and Wednesday.
“We’re encouraging people to take it easy,” said Stephanie Dunten, meteorologist at the National Weather Service. “Make sure you check on your neighbors, don’t leave your pets in the car, and stay hydrated with extra water.”
People should wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, she added. It’s important to drink plenty of water, even if you’re not thirsty.
Lawrence and Haverhill schools have already announced they will dismiss students early this week because of the weather.
The above average temperatures are expected to linger into Thursday, when scattered thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall.
Forecasters are predicting a cool-down on Friday into the long holiday weekend.
Massachusetts as a whole is poised -- along with a cluster of other states -- to have a warm and wet winter, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
“People come to New England to enjoy four seasons, and you will get four seasons but it will be overall a milder-than-normal winter and enough snow to make everyone happy,” Janice Stillman, editor of the Old Farmer’s Almanac, said recently. “There will be snowy periods and icy periods and, who knows, maybe even a couple school days canceled.”
Fitchburg is located within the Northeast region in the Farmer’s Almanac, labeled Region 1.
According to the publication, the region’s winter will have above-normal precipitation and near-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will occur from late December into mid-January and late January into early February and in mid-to late February. The snowiest periods will be in early January, early to mid-February, mid-March, and early April.
April and May are expected to be rainier than normal, with below-normal temperatures, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. Summer temperatures and rainfall will be near normal, with the hottest periods in late July and early to mid-August. September and October will be slightly cooler and drier than normal.
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