PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With the Fourth of July holiday just days away, there’s a lot of activities going on across the area this weekend, but forecasters are warning people to take it easy as it’s another hot and humid day with the chance for more thunderstorms.
The Department of Environmental Protection has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Alert for today in Pittsburgh.
Anyone who is spending time outside is advised to wear light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.
Officials say the elderly, young children and people with respiratory problems should limit outdoor activities.
“We’re going to have another hot, humid day, so take it easy; but the temperatures will be just a couple of degrees cooler, if you can call it that, no upper-90s that we had [Friday],” Meteorologist Kristin Emery says.
She says today will be partly sunny with a high temperature of 92 and a chance of thunderstorms.
“As we approach later this afternoon, we’ll have to look for more of a pop-up thunderstorms chance and some of them could contain some gusty winds and some heavy downpours, just like last evenings.”
A round of storms moved through the area Friday night leaving behind some damage in areas like Munhall and Washington County.
“Here’s that next system of thunderstorms,” said Emery of a system that was heading towards the area this morning. “We may get the same sort of a system forming this afternoon and this evening. It’s because of this frontal system; it’s just kind of draped across the area, sticking around not going anywhere. So, this hot, humid, unstable air mass [is] just over top of us and when we get the heating of the day this afternoon, we may see a couple of pop-up thunderstorms with that. That thunderstorm chance sticks around all the way through Monday.”
Emery says tonight’s low will be in the lower-60s with the chance of more showers and thunderstorms.
On Sunday, we can expect a high of 90.
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