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    Heat and Humidity Increase in the Northeast

    August 2, 2012; 7:23 AM ET

    Thursday 10 a.m.

    The moist air mass that was over the I-95 corridor yesterday has slipped offshore, and the drier air behind is promoting sunny weather. With the sunshine and a light flow from areas where it is hotter, temperatures will be heading high today through Saturday from Chicago to New York City. A strong low pressure area and cold front will come through the Great Lakes and Northeast later in the weekend. There could be some severe thunderstorms as that front advances. This video shows the basic forecast theme for the next few days.

    This 24-hour lightning strike map (8 a.m. yesterday to 8 a.m. today EDT) shows the stunning boundary of the excessive heat wave that is roasting the south-central part of the country. South of the lightning zone, it's just searing sunshine with unrelenting heat. The picture probably contains the lightning strike that sent four people who were sitting under an umbrella at Wildwood, N.J., to the hospital. On a map with this scale, you can't see that one stroke, of course.

    The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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