PHILADELPHIA-AREA residents didn't need a Memorial Day barbecue to feel grilled yesterday.
It was both the heat and the humidity that brought on that first taste of real summer weather on a holiday that marks the unofficial beginning of summer.
It felt more like late July than late May, National Weather Service meteorologist Greg Heavener said yesterday. Yet, we've had early heat waves three years in a row.
"Last year the first heat wave came between June 1 and June 5," Heavener said. "And in 2009, we had a heat wave in April, from April 25 to 27."
The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, N.J., issued a heat advisory for Trenton, Philadelphia and Wilmington yesterday. The advisory also included New Jersey's Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties and northern Burlington County as well as New Castle County in Delaware and Montgomery, Chester, Bucks and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania.