The official start of summer is nine days away, but the heat is on in New Jersey, prompting administrators to close schools early across the state Wednesday due to record-breaking scorching temperatures.
A hot and humid air mass is causing temperatures to soar into the high 90s for the next few days, and combined with the high humidity it's a situation ripe for heat-induced illness.
The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat watch for Wednesday and Thursday as near 100-degree temperatures and high humidity could create dangerous health situations for New Jersey residents. In Manalapan, the heat index reached 101. The NWS heat advisory remains in effect through Wednesday Night with conditions warm and humid and the temperature at 69 degrees.