By Ron Smiley


PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Here comes the heat.

Temperatures through Friday will surge into the upper 80s and even the 90s in some areas. The hottest weather will stay south of Western Pennsylvania.

Winds, though, will be out of the southwest extending all the way down to Arkansas and Tennessee. This long fetch of winds will pull in hot and warm weather to our region.

Rain and storms, around on both Thursday and Friday, will cool us down and may keep us out of the 90s, but it will still be both hot and humid.

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The concern for right now is that people working outside or with no air conditioning at their homes will get little in the way of relief from the heat.

Highs should push 90 each day, but overnight lows are expected to stay in the 70s with stuffy overnight conditions.

This type of heat with no relief can really stress more sensitive bodies and may lead to heat stroke.

Experts always advise in conditions like this, that if you must be outside, take more frequent breaks and to stay hydrated. If you have a loved one who is older with no air conditioning, you may want to check on them by giving them a call or just stopping by for a visit.

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So far, this season, we have seen two 90 degree days. On average, we see seven 90 degree days a year in Pittsburgh, so we are about where we normally would be at.

KDKA Meteorologist Ron Smiley is forecasting the city hitting 90 degrees both today and Friday, which would put us potentially at four days in the 90s by Friday.

It will also be interesting to see just how far into the 90s we may manage to get. Anything over 92 would be especially rare.

The last time we hit 93 or greater in Pittsburgh was July 21, 2011, when we hit 93 degrees.