But is it a Heat Wave?
As a side note to the big story about dangerously hot weather for people who are sticklers for using proper terminology, the conditions over the next couple of days do not constitute a heat wave.
Just as certain conditions must be present in the winter for a storm to be an actual blizzard, not all hot weather events qualify as a heat wave.
The World Meteorological Organization definition of a heat wave is five or more consecutive days where the daily maximum temperature is nine degrees or more above the average normal high for the date and location.
Binghamton’s average high for July is 78. The projected high through July 20 is put at 93, 15 degrees above average. But the above-average high temperatures of nine degrees or more are expected to end with the weekend, days short of reaching the designated five consecutive days. The high July 22 is forecast to be right at average in the upper 70's.