Concord expected to experience record-heat with humidity making it feel extra miserable

Nathan Lamere and his dog Dexter keep an eye on his son, Jonathan, and daughter Nateleigh, as they wade in the Merrimack River at Riverland Beach in Canterbury on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 as the tempertures started to rise in the area.

Nathan Lamere and his dog Dexter keep an eye on his son, Jonathan, and daughter Nateleigh, as they wade in the Merrimack River at Riverland Beach in Canterbury on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 as the tempertures started to rise in the area. GEOFF FORESTER

Dexter keeps cool in the Merrimack River with his owner, Nathan Lamere on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 as the temperatures begin to rise in the area.

Dexter keeps cool in the Merrimack River with his owner, Nathan Lamere on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 as the temperatures begin to rise in the area. GEOFF FORESTER

Nathan Lamere and his dog Dexter keep an eye on his son, Jonathan, and daughter Nateleigh, as they wades in the Merrimack River at Riverland Beach in Canterbury on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 as the tempertures started to rise in the area.

Nathan Lamere and his dog Dexter keep an eye on his son, Jonathan, and daughter Nateleigh, as they wades in the Merrimack River at Riverland Beach in Canterbury on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 as the tempertures started to rise in the area. GEOFF FORESTER

Nathan Lamere and his dog Dexter keep an eye on his son, Jonathan, and daughter Nateleigh, as they wades in the Merrimack River at Riverland Beach in Canterbury on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 as the tempertures started to rise in the area.

Nathan Lamere and his dog Dexter keep an eye on his son, Jonathan, and daughter Nateleigh, as they wades in the Merrimack River at Riverland Beach in Canterbury on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 as the tempertures started to rise in the area. GEOFF FORESTER

Nathan Lamere and his dog Dexter keep an eye on his son, Jonathan, and daughter Nateleigh, as they wade in the Merrimack River at Riverland Beach in Canterbury on Tuesday.

Nathan Lamere and his dog Dexter keep an eye on his son, Jonathan, and daughter Nateleigh, as they wade in the Merrimack River at Riverland Beach in Canterbury on Tuesday.

Dexter and his owner, Nathan Lamere of Penacook cool off at Riverland Beach in Canterbury on Tuesday during the start of the region's heat wave.

Dexter and his owner, Nathan Lamere of Penacook cool off at Riverland Beach in Canterbury on Tuesday during the start of the region's heat wave. GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff

Nora Conway, 2, jumps with a friend at the White Park splash pad on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 as the tempertures reached the middle 90s by the time the pad was turned on. Conway’s parents are teachers so they get time to enjoy the summer with their daughter.

Nora Conway, 2, jumps with a friend at the White Park splash pad on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 as the tempertures reached the middle 90s by the time the pad was turned on. Conway’s parents are teachers so they get time to enjoy the summer with their daughter. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Nora Conway, 2, jumps with a friend at the White Park splash pad on Tuesday,  as the temperatures reached the middle 90s by the time the pad was turned on. Conway’€™s parents are teachers so they get time to enjoy the summer with their daughter.

Nora Conway, 2, jumps with a friend at the White Park splash pad on Tuesday, as the temperatures reached the middle 90s by the time the pad was turned on. Conway’€™s parents are teachers so they get time to enjoy the summer with their daughter. GEOFF FORESTER photos / Monitor staff

By DAVID BROOKS

Monitor staff

Published: 06-18-2024 11:10 AM

Modified: 06-18-2024 4:54 PM


Concord may not break pure temperature records for the next few days as the heat dome descends (although we might, it's close) but it could be more miserable than ever before and for a longer stretch.

The record high temperature for Concord for June 18 through 21 is 98 degrees Farenheit, according to the National Weather Service database . At the moment the forecast high for the next few days, particularly Thursday is right at that mark.

What temperature doesn't account for, however, is humidity. The amount of moisture in the air is expected to be high this week, making the temperature "feel like" more than 100.

Just as important is the length of the heat wave. I don't know that there has ever been a stretch of four days over 95 degrees in Concord, as is expected this week. Accumulated heat over multiple days can be a real killer, quite literally. Medical officials are worried about what will happen with shut-ins who lack air conditioning as well as the homeless.

Electric utilities are worried, too, and are asking people to conserve power as much as possible.

Places to stay cool

The air-conditioned Concord Public Library at 45 Green St. is open Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. but closed Wednesday due to the Juneteenth holiday. It’s open Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Penacook Branch, 3 Merrimack St., is open Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 5 p.m.

The Splash Pad at White Park is open 3-7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday. Pools open for the season on Friday. A full listing of hours is available at www.concordnh.gov/pools.

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