Heat wave hits New Jersey

June 8, 2008 4:55:35 AM PDT
Residents across New Jersey were looking to keep cool Saturday as the first heat wave of the season roasted the state, with temperatures soaring into the mid 90s in most areas while heat index values were around 100 degrees. To make matters worse, temperatures were expected to reach the upper 90s on Sunday and Monday. Forecasters said little relief was likely until at least Wednesday, when a weak front was expected to drop temperatures back into the mid 80s.

The National Weather Service continued an excessive heat warning for Burlington, Camden Gloucester and Mercer counties, and the advisory was due to remain in effect until at least late Monday night. Meanwhile, most other areas of the Garden State were under heat advisories and excessive heat watches.

Forecasters said the brutal heat was spurred by a large Bermuda high that moved into the region this weekend and was expected to stay for several days. It was not immediately known, though, if any record temperatures had been set in the state.

To help beat the heat, residents were urged to remain indoors, staying in air-conditioned or well ventilated areas. They also were advised to wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.