An early season heat wave is expected to overcome much of the East Coast starting on Wednesday and lasting through Thursday. The Mid-Atlantic and New England states had just ended a cool and wet start to May when a Nor’easter swept through the region this past weekend. Some of the higher terrain in the New England states even saw some snow showers resulting from the Spring Nor’easter. The jet stream has other plans, however, as it begins to set up a ridge (as seen in the photo above). The jet stream drives our weather, so when there is a trough over the region, cooler temperatures are cycled down into the region. However, when there is a ridge, the warm and moist air from the Gulf of Mexico is allowed to filter into the region resulting in warmer temperatures. To add to the heat, the dew points will be in the 60’s making for a very sticky few days. While Tuesday (today) is expected to be in the 80’s, Wednesday will start the heat wave in the mid-90’s along with Thursday. On Friday, a cold front will move through the region cooling temperatures back down to near normal. Many major cities could break a few records on Wednesday to include:
Record: 95° in 2002
Record: 94° in 1974
Record: 92° in 1974
Record: 93° in 1896
Record: 90° in 1996
During this early season heat wave, be sure to check in on loved ones and stay hydrated! To read the full article from Weather Underground, click here!
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ⓒ 2017 Meteorologist Brandie Cantrell