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Where are the Dog Days of Summer in the East?

By Courtney Spamer, Meteorologist
July 31, 2014; 4:50 AM ET

It might be the middle of what is historically the hottest time of the year, but it certainly does not feel like the dog days of summer across many places in the East this week.

Cool and unsettled conditions are expected to continue across the Northeast, Great Lakes, mid-Atlantic and much of the South through the end of the week.

Ups and downs with the temperature are typical of any season, but some have found it especially cold so far this summer.

Without the typically warmer weather, usual summer activities may be harder to enjoy. (Photo/Melissa Crittenden)

In portions of Pennsylvania and New York state, high temperatures were in the 60s Monday and Tuesday, and in the lower 70s on Wednesday.

The nighttime hours have been especially chilly, especially where the sky became clear. The temperature dipped to 37 F at Saranac Lake, New York, Wednesday morning.

Low temperatures broke records across the South with a mostly clear sky Tuesday night. During Wednesday morning, temperatures dipped into the 50s in much of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, as well as in portions of Georgia and the Carolinas.

A record low of 59 F was set at Atlanta Wednesday morning. The old record for the date of 61 degrees was set in 1936.

A low of 57 F shattered the record low of 61 degrees set in 1994 at Birmingham, Alabama, Wednesday morning.

In parts of the Appalachians from Maine to North Carolina, lows were in the 40s Wednesday morning.

The exception to the chill will be over Florida Peninsula. In much of the peninsula, highs will be in the 90s and lows will be in the 70s through Friday.

Along with the cool air in much of the Eastern states, there will be unsettled conditions.

AccuWeather.com Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said, "Any one of the thunderstorms could have more bark than bite."

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Spotty showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast. A batch of steady rain will continue to move across the South Central states at midweek. Substantial rain is likely along the Atlantic Seaboard this coming weekend.

To keep track of the showers and storms, keep a watch for AccuWeather's MinuteCast™ and Interactive Weather Radar before heading out over the next several days.

"That way you can make sure you don't end up outdoors while it's briefly raining cats and dogs," Abrams added.

Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski contributed content to this story.

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

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