Heat persists with rain expected

— Map from the National Weather Service

At 5:47 p.m. on June 20, the National Weather Service mapped albany county in magenta for “extreme” heat. Most of the nation is mapped in yellow for “minor” heat.

ALBANY COUNTY — June 22 was the first day of summer — the longest day of the year and, here in Albany County, the hottest.

Albany County was mapped in magenta by the National Weather Service on Thursday for “extreme” heat.

“This level of rare and/or long-duration extreme heat with little to no overnight relief affects anyone without effective cooling and/or adequate hydration. Impacts likely in most health systems, heat-sensitive industries and infrastructure,” says the weather service.

The heat is forecast to become “moderate” over the weekend.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Southeastern Albany County on Thursday.

At 6:04 p.m., the weather service said, radar indicated a severe thunderstorm over Selkirk, or near Delmar, moving east at 20 miles per hour with wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour.

“Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees,” said the weather service.

Thunderstorms are likely before 10 p.m., the service said, and rain and showers could persist through Friday and the weekend.

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