Hot, dry weather is expected to spread across the northeast
Much of the mid-Atlantic and northeast has been gripped by a wet and cold pattern in recent days as torrential rains swept across the region. However, AccuWeather forecasters say a major change is on the horizon as hot, dry weather is expected to spread across the northeast over the coming week.
The expected change comes after several days of rain and gloomy weather. Rainfall has been abundant in many areas, with more than 3 inches of rain in parts of Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Eleanor, W.Va, recorded the storm’s highest official total, with 3.46 inches of rain Friday night. Flooding was reported in parts of Appalachia when heavy rain fell and West Virginia emergency management officials attributed a death to the rapid rise in water.
As the storm system producing this rain moves further offshore, a bulge in the jet stream will shift the storm’s track north, allowing most of the region to remain dry and clear. . It will also break records heat in the southern plains slipping north during this week, pushing temperatures to unseasonably high levels.
“Heat is expected to arrive in New England this week with temperatures reaching the 70s and 80s as far north as Maine and much of Canada, where average highs in May only reach the 50s and 60s” , said AccuWeather meteorologist Jessica Storm.
While the start of the week will see only slightly above normal temperatures, more noticeable warmth is expected to arrive by Thursday, when cities like HartfordConnecticut;, BuffaloNY and bangorMaine is expected to have its first 80-degree Fahrenheit day of the season.
As the heat continues to rise on Friday and over the weekend, records in many cities could be at risk. The heat will peak Saturday across much of New England, with temperatures more typical of June or July than early May.
Record temperatures will be possible as far north as Caribou, Maine, where highs are expected to hit the mid-upper 70s by Thursday. The highest recorded temperature for May 12 was 78 degrees in 1992, Storm said.
In the cities of SyracuseDoes not have Plattsburgh and Manchester, NH, high temperatures over the weekend are likely to approach or set record highs. However, in cities like ProvidenceIR and BinghamtonNY temperatures will climb further into the 70s and 80s, although records are less likely to be broken.
While much of the northeast will have summer temperatures on the weekend, mid-Atlantic and southeast regions will have a harder time reaching such high temperatures. With last week’s storm forecast to persist off the southeast coast, increased cloud cover and showers will help keep temperatures at bay. In places such as Baltimore, highs are only expected to hit the 70s this weekend. In these areas, significant rainfall has also fallen in recent days, and with moist and saturated ground, it will take a greater push of warm air to raise temperatures. This contrasts with areas further north, which were largely missed by heavy rains. “Much of New England remained dry which will contribute to a significant increase in heat later this week,” Storm said.
Additionally, locations on the immediate coast may be influenced by cold ocean waters, which could keep temperatures lower. In New England this weekend, high temperatures can be up to 20 degrees lower along the coast than in nearby inland areas.
Temperatures and dry weather this week will be good news for graduation ceremonies and beachgoers, but forecasters have urged people to be careful when outside in the heat, especially when they exercise or other strenuous activities. Those hoping to cool off at the beach will also want to be aware of the water temperature and the risk of cold water shock. While the air will be unusually warm for this time of year, temperature readings in the ocean and lakes are still quite low, significantly lower than they would be during the summer.
Much like the plains regions which are currently in the grip of record heat, little to no rain is expected for most of the northeast as temperatures rise. However, unlike the drought-stricken areas of Texas and Oklahoma, most parts of the Northeast have had near or above normal rainfall depending on the weather. US Drought Monitor.