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July Heat Wave: Making Lady Liberty Sweat?

17 Jul 2013, 11:14 am
Lady Liberty "Glistening"
Lady Liberty "Glistening"

 

 

The levels of heat across the nation these past few days have become unbearable for some, and it appears – at least in this “artist’s rendering” – that Lady Liberty is feeling the impacts… Of course as a young man you learn early on that women don’t sweat, they “glisten,” so that is what is happening to the Statue of Liberty, right?

There have been three days in a row with 90°+ temperatures at Central Park, at 90, then 94 and 94 again.  Today will likely be another of those days, and the intense heat will likely last in New York City through Saturday.  They aren’t alone.  There is intense heat all across the nation.

Take this, for example:  Minneapolis’ forecast high for today is 93°, while Miami will likely be in the middle to upper 80s!

This is all part of a more summer-like pattern – the likes of which many folks had been waiting for an extra month of so, with a delayed start to true “spring” weather this year.

 

Jetstream Wednesday
Jetstream Wednesday

The other big thing has been the rising jetstream.  It’s gradually been shifting to the North, of late – and likely will continue that trend even into the next couple of days – until we FINALLY see a shift back southward.  While that will likely end heat wave chances for many of the more northern states for the rest of the summer (although that is not a sure thing) – it will also spell some much more moderated temperatures.

 

Highs Today
Highs Today

 

 

 

 

 

This image above is today’s forecasted highs (just straight model forecasts, so some temperatures will be a little too warm/cool compared to real life).

Now, take a look at what is coming for the end of the week – a shift in the jetstream, slightly to the South:

 

Jetstream Friday
Jetstream Friday

 

It’s just a little shift – but it will spell some big-time changes.

Places like Minneapolis and Chicago could be back into the lower 80s and even upper 70s for the weekend, with cooling relief for the Northeast not too far behind.

Here are some of the temperatures by Saturday, for comparison:

 

Highs Saturday
Highs Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

Look at all of the changes!

Those are 50s and 60s back in southern Canada!

We’ll be on the lookout for cooling… but in the meantime, stay cool!

WeatherNation Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer @ashafferWNTV

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