July-Like Heat to Blast Northeast This Weekend

Alex Sosnowski, Expert Meterologist for AccuWeather.com

AccuWeather reports following a dip in temperature during the middle of the week, summerlike warmth will rebound across much of the Northeast by this weekend.

Clouds with showers and thunderstorms will take the edge off the warmth that surged in to start the week. The moisture is associated with a cool front that will stall and erode at midweek, resulting in only spotty rainfall.

However, Mother Nature will be turning up the thermostat a bit more starting late this week.

High pressure will build at most levels of the atmosphere late this week and into the weekend. The high will keep a budding tropical system at bay along the southern Atlantic coast.

According to Meteorologist Ben Noll, "This will be a summer weather regime in much of the Northeast this weekend with temperatures 10-20 degrees above average for this time of the year."

People will be able to ditch umbrellas and break out the sunglasses, shorts and short sleeves just like they did this past weekend and early this week.

Only northern New England will miss out on the warmth, relative to the rest of the region, due to more persistent clouds and spotty showers.

"Humidity will become a factor across the Northeast this weekend into early next week," Noll said.

The uptick in humidity can approach levels more typical of late June or early July.

The higher humidity levels could make the weather feel more uncomfortable with more people reaching to turn on the air conditioning or fans. Higher humidity levels will also translate to warmer nights with lows in the 60s in most urban areas.

Actual temperatures surged past the 80-degree mark in Boston for the first time since September Monday and could touch 80 this weekend.

Farther south and west, highs will be in the 80s in New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Burlington, Vermont, and Albany, New York.

"It's possible some locations in the mid-Atlantic states touch 90 this weekend, especially around Washington, D.C., and Baltimore," Noll said.

The only cool spots will be right along the coast, due to local sea breezes.

AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures can be as much as 10 degrees higher than the actual temperature from the late morning into the afternoon hours, factoring in humidity, sunshine and other conditions.

If you will be partaking in work outdoors or vigorous exercise, be sure to drink plenty of water and take breaks from the sun. Give your body a chance to acclimate to the summerlike weather, especially following the rough winter and chilly first part of spring.

Despite the warmth, record-breaking heat is not likely in most areas this weekend with records in the 90s, Noll stated. There could be a few exceptions.

For people planning to head to the ocean or take a dip in area lakes, water temperatures are still dangerously chilly this time of the year. The cold water could put you at risk for hypothermia, muscle cramps and drowning.

For a few days next week, the high pressure area will be replaced by a pocket of cold air aloft, along with clouds, showers and thunderstorms.

"The pattern will result in cooler air, relative to most days this week, but temperatures may dip to near or slightly below average average levels," Noll said.

As the system causing the clouds and showers moves away during the middle days of next week, the air will get chilly at night over the interior Northeast and part of the Upper Midwest. However, at this time, it appears the air will not cold enough for widespread damaging frost.

Around the middle of the month, high pressure will again build at most levels of the atmosphere, which will in turn cause warmth to build.

The pattern through much of the month will favor below-average precipitation in much of the Northeast.

"An elevated brush fire risk will continue (where it does not rain or rains very little)," Noll said.

People should use caution when using outdoor power equipment, campfires and grills. Avoid parking over dry brush and leaves. The hot exhaust from your vehicle could be enough to start a fire.