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Record Cold This Holiday Weekend in the Northeast

29 May 2021, 2:15 pm

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!

Have a safe weekend and stay with WeatherNation for all of your forecast details.

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Kara has always been passionate about weather and knew from an early age that she wanted to become a meteorologist. Living in different regions of the country and experiencing weather events ranging from ice storms to tornadoes drove her to pursue a bachelor's degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. Throughout college, storm chasing became a regular event for Kara, where she saw fir... Load Morest-hand the power of the atmosphere. Kara graduated cum laude from OU and decided to further her meteorology education with a Master's degree from Mississippi State University. The deadly April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak struck while Kara was studying at MSU; her first “Dixie Alley” tornado event and an up close glimpse into the destruction of the storms she so closely studied. Her broadcast career began in Elvis’ birthplace, Tupelo, Mississippi, where she earned her Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal from the American Meteorological Society. Kara's career has included coverage of all types of severe weather including tornado events, flooding and tropical systems across multiple southern states. Recently she helped cover the 2020 Easter Sunday deadly tornado outbreak in southeast Mississippi. In her free time, you can find Kara outdoors exploring new areas with her mini poodle,Truffles. Kara is also an avid runner and frequently races in 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons. Say hi to Kara on Twitter and Facebook!

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