ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for most of New Jersey, where the high is predicted to reach the upper 90’s today and possibly 100 on Thursday.

heat_waveThe heat advisory alert warns of particularly hot and humid conditions between noon and 8 p.m. today.

Schools in Howell, Lakewood and Marlboro are among several districts across the state that are planning to close early today and Thursday due to the heat.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection warns, "Ozone levels are forecast to reach the unhealthy for sensitive groups category across New Jersey due to westerly winds, hot temperatures, and abundant sunshine. Sensitive individuals including the very young, the elderly, and persons with respiratory diseases such as asthma should avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the afternoon and early evening hours. Moderate fine particle levels are also forecast across the Garden State."