- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Monday was steamy in Philadelphia, with the temperature topping out at 87 degrees.

And that’s likely to be the region’s coolest day for the week.

Forecasters say the Philadelphia area can expect to see temperatures at or above 90 degrees for at least the next seven days.

For Tuesday, forecasters are calling for sunny skies and high of 91 degrees.

The extended heat wave is likely to stretch until next Monday or Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

While the Philadelphia area has seen about-normal temperatures so far this month, the coming days are forecasted to reach temperatures three to seven degrees above normal, the weather service said.

The warmest day is expected to be Wednesday, with a forecasted high of 94 degrees.

The temperature is expected to cool down a bit starting Aug. 4, meaning Philadelphia won’t come close to its to record for consecutive 90-degree days during this heat wave.

That record stands at 18 consecutive days, which occurred from July 29 to Aug. 15, 1988.

The forecasted string of 90-plus days would be Philadelphia’s third official heat wave for the summer.

An air-quality alert is also in place Tuesday for most of New Jersey. The state Department of Environmental Protection says the code orange alert means air pollution concentrations are unhealthy for sensitive groups like children, the elderly and those with asthma or other heart and lung conditions.

Contact Emily Babay at 215-854-2153 or [email protected] Follow @emilybabay on Twitter.

Contact the Breaking News Desk at 215-854-2443 or [email protected] Follow @phillydotcom on Twitter.

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