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Newark Faces Second Day of Oppressive Heat on Juneteenth


By: Richard L. Smith 

As my friends and family in Newark and the North Jersey region endure their second day of oppressive heat, we are bracing for another scorcher this Juneteenth.VaccineMost people are off work on the national holiday, making it an ideal time to head to the beaches and seek relief from the sweltering temperatures.

As of 4:30 a.m., temperatures are already at a warm 73 degrees in Harrison, East Newark, and Kearny, setting the stage for a hot day ahead.

With clear skies forecasted, The National Weather Service said temperatures are expected to soar, reaching a high near 92 degrees.

Heat index values could climb as high as 96. A southwest wind will blow at 5 to 10 mph, offering little respite from the heat.

Tonight, NWS forecasters said the skies will remain mostly clear with a low around 71 degrees.

Residents are advised to find ways to stay cool and hydrated as the oppressive heat is not expected to break until Saturday.

Stay safe and cool, NJ, and enjoy your Juneteenth responsibly amidst the heat wave.