The weather will fly from Minneapolis to New York during the 1st week of August
AccuWeather meteorologists say the recent break in heat and humidity in the Midwest and Northeast will be short-lived as sizzling conditions will return next week and persist for the long term.
Residents who may have been able to open windows and give air conditioners a break during the last days of July can expect cooling demands to return to levels typical of “scorching summer days” spanning the first week of August.
A heat dome that has been responsible for record high temperatures in the northwest will move east during the first week of August.
As this huge hot air bubble moves eastward, temperatures will rise from near-average levels to 5 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. Late July and early August are generally the hottest part of summer for much of the northern third of the country. The highs usually range from the mid 80s to the early 90s.
“The first week of August is expected to feature a wide range of well above average temperatures from the Dakotas to the East Coast. High temperatures well into the 90s with AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures reaching the triple digits will require air conditioning units running constantly,” said Brandon Buckingham, AccuWeather long-range meteorologist.
The core of the heat is expected to encompass the major metro areas of Minneapolis and Chicago mid-week as temperatures climb into the upper 90s and come within a degree or two of August 3 record territory.
“Temperatures are expected to climb quite suddenly Tuesday through Wednesday in parts of the Midwest,” AccuWeather meteorologist La Tory Thornton said.
Thornton further explained that Chicago will see some pretty nice low to mid-80s conditions on Tuesday before the temperature spikes Wednesday near the date record of 98 F.
Minneapolis has already exceeded its 13-day-a-year average with highs at or above 90. The next heat wave is likely to tack several days longer than the city’s current 2022 14-day tally, with forecasts calling three to four 90 degree days next week.
Further east, Philadelphia and New York will begin a terrific warm spell on Tuesday that forecasters say can last through the end of the week.
“New York City faced two heat waves during the month of July, one from July 12-14 and the other from July 19-24. Another heat wave will be possible mid to late late next week as temperatures flirt with the 90 degree mark for several days,” Buckingham said.
In Newark, NJ, the next surge of hot air may not reach the levels recorded during the last heat wave from July 20-24, when the city’s airport recorded temperatures of 100 or more for five days. consecutive – an unprecedented mark for the region. Still, highs well into the 90s will likely be the norm day after day in the new week.
“Heat of this magnitude can be dangerous if you spend a lot of time outdoors. Frequent breaks, plenty of hydrating fluids, and wearing loose, light-colored clothing can help minimize the effects,” Buckingham said.
“A trip to a local stream, lake or coast can also be a great way to beat the summer heat – remember to use sunscreen if needed,” Buckingham added.
In the interior of the Northeast and New England, temperatures are expected to be more variable in the early days of August instead of consistently staying well above average. Forecasters say this is due to the jet stream pattern taking more troughs and dips in these areas, which will occasionally favor clouds, thunderstorms and small temperature reductions.