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Blocking High Pressure Sets Up Record Heat

A blocking ridge strengthening over the Eastern U.S. through the beginning of next week will lead to increasing heat and humidity from north to south.  The sinking air mass will also limit the amount of thunderstorm activity, keeping quiet weather in the forecast for many. We set a few new records in the northeast on Saturday, soaring into the 80s and 90s in many spots!

The temperature trend shows highs going into the upper 80s and nearing 90 degrees, in several cities, by the weekend. The core of the warm air near the high will be near the coast, but the edge of the ridge will push as far west as Chicago and Kansas City through Sunday.

On Sunday, with 90s in the forecast, there could be records broken from the Great Lakes down into the midsouth.

High confidence remains in the forecast for above average temperatures through the end of May. Darker colors indicate level of confidence, not departure from average.

Even more records farther south could be tied or broken by the afternoon on Monday May 24th. Many of the temperatures these days will be in the  middle and upper 90s before factoring in humidity!

A few of those cities included are looking to reach into the upper 90s and the first triple digit mark isn’t out of the question! Albany, GA, Columbia, SC and Augusta, GA will all be very close to the century mark early next week, and tying or breaking record highs.

 Similar to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, there is high confidence that the Southeast will stay above average through the end of May.

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Lucy is originally from the Boston area but has spent the last four years forecasting and living in Colorado! She stayed in the northeast for her education, graduating Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Oswego with a B.S. in Meteorology. Just a few days after graduation, she made the cross country move to Color... Load Moreado Springs, CO to begin her career at KKTV, the CBS affiliate. Lucy has covered historic blizzards, tornadoes, windstorms, the largest wildfires in Colorado state history and dust storms ... they truly "get it all" in Colorado! Lucy is excited to forecast on a national level and continue her passion of explaining the science behind the weather!

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