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Summer to Make Last Gasp in Northeast Late-August

By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
August 19, 2014; 6:07 AM ET

While the Northeast experienced another September-like spell, there are signs of a return of summer heat coming in late August.

This week has left many residents of the Northeast questioning if the calendar has been prematurely switched to September.

Similar to Thursday, Friday marked another day of temperatures holding in the 70s along the I-95 corridor with highs in the 60s across the interior of northern New England and most of the eastern Great Lakes.

Highs in the upper 70s and 80s are more common in mid-August.

However, residents who are thinking of closing down swimming pools or putting away tank tops and air conditioners may want to rethink those actions, according to the Long-Range Forecasting Team.

While temperatures will rebound some this weekend across the Northeast and the mid-Atlantic will also turn more humid, Long-Range Meteorologist Mark Paquette expects the return of sweltering summer heat and humidity to hold off until Aug. 24-25.

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"That hot spell would only last a few days, but I could see the cities in the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to New York City to Boston taking a run at the 90-degree mark," stated Paquette.

"While the Northeast's I-95 corridor will become warmer during this spell, the core of the warmth and departures from normal will occur around the Great Lakes and into the St. Lawrence Valley," added Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.

High humidity surging in will contribute to even higher RealFeel® temperatures.

"However, we are not talking about extreme heat [highs near 100 F] due to the potential for clouds and some rain to be around," added Paquette.

The fact that the ground is wet from recent and future bouts of rain, including the flood threat that will follow this weekend, will also help keep temperatures in check.

Energy from the sun must first go to evaporating that water instead of fully working to heat the Northeast.

Homeowners and landscapers are likely noticing another effect of the wet weather--more time spent on the lawnmower.

"People across the Northeast who typically only have to mow the lawn once a week are likely finding themselves doing so once every five days," stated Dale Mohler who has experience in the landscaping business.

"Most summers, it is dry enough that you can skip a couple of weeks of mowing. While good for landscapers and mowing companies, this year the average homeowner has had to spend a little more and town budgets may be negatively affected," Mohler added.

However, residents are saving on cooling costs during this summer where high heat and humidity has made very few appearances.

The arrival of the heat will mark a change in the weather pattern that will put temperatures on a roller-coaster ride to end the month. While another shot of cool air will ease the hot spell after a few days, Paquette anticipates more warmth as August transitions to September.

Josh Brenneman captured a chilly Friday morning, Aug. 15, 2014, with frost on the grass. (Facebook Photo/Josh Brenneman)

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