Here comes summer: Heat wave to scorch Northeast, mid-Atlantic with 90-degree temperatures this weekend

Story Highlights

  • This weekend will be entirely different when compared to last weekend.
  • Humidity levels will be higher than most people in the region have experienced thus far this year.
  • Heat is also baking portions of the north-central U.S.

A week after a raw and chilly Memorial Day weekend, temperatures in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic are forecast to soar to mid-summer levels over the next few days. 

For Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., at least three days in a row of high temperatures in the 90s are forecast spanning late this weekend to the middle of next week, which constitutes an official heat wave, AccuWeather said.

“This weekend will be entirely different when compared to last weekend,” AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno said. “We expect temperatures to climb 30, 35 and even 40 degrees higher this Saturday and Sunday versus last Saturday and Sunday,” he said.

According to AccuWeather, humidity levels will be higher than most people in the region have experienced thus far this year, but they will be a bit short of the levels often experienced during the “dog days” of July and August.

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Heat is also baking portions of the north-central U.S., where temperatures are rising into the 90s to near 100 degrees on Friday, which will continue into Saturday in many areas. Portions of the Dakotas could surpass 100 degrees on Saturday, Weather.com said.

Both Minneapolis and Green Bay will be in the 90s by Saturday. Poor air quality was an issue in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area Friday due to the heat, the National Weather Service reported.

A heat wave will overspread the northeastern U.S. over the next several days, forecasters said. (Photo: AccuWeather)

“We’ll have a least some record high temperatures,” Weather.com meteorologist Ari Sarsalari said. He also said the heat will stick around into next week in many areas. “It looks like temperatures will be pretty well above average in the entire northern tier of the U.S.,” he said.

Another item making weather headlines will be the additional heavy rain that’s forecast to fall across the central and western Gulf Coast region, particularly along the Interstate 10 corridor between Houston and New Orleans, the National Weather Service said. As much as 4 inches of rain is possible through Saturday, which may lead to flooding. 

A flood watch is in effect across most of southern Louisiana. 

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