Much cooler temperatures are in place for much of the Eastern U.S. this holiday weekend, especially for the Northeast. This is a huge change following days and even weeks of record highs and temperatures in the 90s as far north as northern Maine.
The coldest air has been lingering in the Great Lakes since Wednesday. The cold air is now moving into the Northeast, but temperatures were in the 20s to near freezing in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin this morning. Rhinelander, Wisconsin smashed the old record low!
A cold trough of low pressure is bringing the gusty winds and unseasonably cold air to the Northeast which will linger into Sunday. Some spots will struggle to even hit 50° today! Record cold high temperatures are possible in major cities including Boston, Pittsburg and New York City.
Here are a few locations that may set record cold highs today. A brisk northwest wind of 10-15 mph will make it feel even cooler, especially in areas with cloud cover and rain.
Temperatures will be cool again tomorrow with Boston and NYC staying in the 50s. But warmer air will be moving in from the south and west and temperatures for Buffalo and Pittsburg will start to rise. The low pressure system will be lifting out Memorial Day and temperatures region-wide will jump around 10 degrees. For many spots though this warmup will still be below average. By Tuesday and Wednesday temperatures will be back to near average and rain will be clearing out as welll.
Temperatures for the eastern half of the country overall will be below average Sunday with the exception of Florida, which will still be hot and humid. Highs as far south as Atlanta and Jackson, Mississippi will be in the 70s, more like March than late May.
As the low pressure system lifts out Monday, there will be a big warmup from south to north. Humidity will be on the rise too from Florida through the Gulf Coast!
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