Warmest temps of the year expected this weekend

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Peoria, Ill — It’s heating up! Temperatures in Peoria are expected to reach the 90s for the first time in 2019 by week’s end.

After remaining amplified across the U.S. over the last few months, the jet stream is expected to shift north into Canada by this weekend allowing warm temperatures to settle into the Central Plains and Midwest. As the jet stream shifts north it will send the best chances of rain north of the region too.

On average, Peoria experiences it’s first 90° day on June 5th. Thanks to an active weather pattern bringing cool temperatures and rain over the last few months, temperatures have struggled to warm. As the pattern changes, we can expect to see temperatures reach the lower 90s throughout the weekend and into early next week.

With summer heat comes the dangers of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. While this upcoming blast of summer warmth is far from the warmest temperatures we’ll experience this year, the last time Peoria hit 90° was on September 7th, 2018. This good reminder to not over exert yourself when outdoors and to stay well hydrated.

Don’t leave pets and children in a locked car

Courtesy HeatKills.org

When the outside air temperature climbs to 90° the inside of a car can reach a temperature of 109° in just 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the interior temperature of a car in direct sunlight will climb to 124°.

According to kidsandcars.org, an average of 38 children die each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles. Sadly, the number of children dying each year has increased significantly since the early 90s. In 2018, a record 52 children reportedly died from vehicular heatstroke and so far 13 have died this year.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the lower 90s through early next week before the jet stream shifts back to the south bringing better storm chances and cooler temperatures to the region.

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