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Finally! Big Warmup Heading To The East Coast

12 May 2020, 4:30 am


Fresh off a week and weekend of bitterly cold temperatures for the middle part of May and even some patchy snowfall across parts of the East, spring and perhaps even some summer-like warmth will overspread much of the eastern United States.

Temperatures are expected to soar into 70s and 80s through the Great Lakes and Northeast, starting on Friday. That’ll provide the region a much-needed boost of warmer-than-average temperatures after a frosty start to spring for much of the eastern half of the country.

A big ridge of high pressure is expected to develop and move east as the week wears on, drawing in warm and even a bit more humid air from the south. As the ridge of high pressure budges east into next weekend, it’ll pump more warm air further north into places like the Mid-Atlantic and New England.


In the Northeast, that’ll spike generally temperatures to above-average levels starting on Friday, but the peak of the heat should arrive in earnest on Saturday. Washington D.C. should rise well into the 80s on Saturday, and highs in New York and Boston will also rise well into the 70s.

Most places should stay equally warm into Sunday, but a backdoor cold front will start to bring down temperatures in cities like New York and Boston by the back half of the weekend.

Here’s a look at forecast high temperatures for both Saturday and Sunday across the eastern half of the U.S.:

The warmer-than-average weather is expected to last into the beginning of next week as well, with the Southeast feeling the brunt of some early summer-like temperatures next Monday and Tuesday.

But, it’ll also stay mild in places like Baltimore, which experienced a below-average April in terms of temperatures, and has gotten off to a chilly start so far this May.

It appears that, finally, all of that cold and snow is about to meaningfully change this weekend.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this potential surge of June-like warmth for much of the East Coast later this week.

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