Record Heat, Storms Ahead for the East Coast Friday

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12 Jun 2024 3:05 PM

A warmup is coming to the East Coast, and not just the Southeast but to the Northeast with the potential to tie or break records on Friday in D.C. and Philly. Highs soar into the mid and upper 90s, running about 10° above average for major cities along I-95. It is thanks to a ridge of high pressure that migrates back to the East, bringing with it heat and humidity to the eastern seaboard.

With the heat and humidity building, there is the opportunity for storms on Friday, leftover from a cold front that impacts the Midwest on Wednesday and Thursday. All modes of severe weather are possible (wind, hail, isolated tornado) including the risk for heavy rainfall.

The Northeast will see highs climb Thursday with the warmest day on Friday. The cold front mentioned above will drop temps back towards average by Saturday. However, northern New England crests at 80° with highs close to 90° in the Boston metro. This is roughly 15° above average and will feel more like late July compared to mid-June.

The records in jeopardy for the Mid-Atlantic on Friday are almost 100 years old - in the case of Roanoke, VA the old record of 95° set in 1926 will be challenged by a forecast high of 93°! For many in the mid-Atlantic, our warmest day will be Friday with even D.C. pushing close to triple digits during the day. Temperatures drop slightly into the weekend but it will still be above average for all.

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