Early Heat Wave Shatters Records in Northeast May 19, 2017

Dozens of cities in the Northeast had a preview of summer with temperatures soaring into the 90s.

The city of Boston had its second earliest heat wave on record for the calendar year. The earliest heat wave in Boston occurred May 2 – 4, 2001. A heat wave in Boston is defined as three consecutive days where the mercury reaches or exceeds 90 degrees.

Record warmth arrived just days after New England experienced a chilly, rainy Mothers Day Weekend.

Boston wasn’t the only city breaking records. Other cities from New York City to Burlington, VT broke records Wednesday through Friday. Laguardia Airport in New York City reached a scorching 96 degrees Friday afternoon.

The Northeast was so warm due to a few factors: Big storm out west and a strong high in the east. The storm out west delivered winter conditions to Colorado with feet of snow in the mountains and severe weather in the Plains. A strong high in the east means a strong southwesterly wind developed, transporting the hot air from the Gulf into the Northeast.

Temperatures this warm in May is unusual but not unheard of– and rarely last for several consecutive days.

A strong cold front moved through New England Thursday night into Friday sparking severe weather. Significant damage from strong springtime storms were reported across Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and New York.

Temperatures are expected to plunge back into the 60s for this weekend as a cooler, more seasonable air mass arrives.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Nick Merianos

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