The warm weather pattern in Washington, D.C., will peak on Sunday and Monday but will feature several days of ideal outdoor conditions.
Highs are forecast to be in the 70s through Saturday. Highs Sunday and Monday are forecast to be close to 80 F.
While a shower or thunderstorm is expected on Friday, the best chance for a period of steady rain lasting a few hours will be Friday night.
Saturday and Sunday will feature dry weather with sunshine and a few clouds.
A balmy breeze is forecast on Monday with enough sunshine to drive temperatures to near 80 degrees. For much of the East, Monday will be the warmest day since early October.
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Dry weather will continue into the early part of the week before showers and thunderstorms return midweek.
A dip in the jet stream will allow cool air from Canada to linger through the week in the Minneapolis region.
A disturbance will swing across the Midwest and fire a round of severe thunderstorms to end the weekend.
Cooler conditions will move into the Interior Northeast early this week, but the warmth will hold on a little longer along the Interstate-95 corridor.
The air felt like an exceptional 163 F in Bandar Mahshahr, Iran, on Friday and similar or worse conditions will follow.
Drenching thunderstorms bring little-to-no relief to drought-stricken areas of the Sunshine State.
New England (1975)
"Hot Saturday" 107 degrees in New Bedford and Chester, MA All-time hottest day - 104 degrees in Providence, RI (also all-time record for state) 100 degrees in Nantucket for the first time
Heat wave continues for the following: Abilene - 41 consecutive days of 98 degrees or higher, tied 1952 record. Dallas/Ft. Worth - 41st consecutive day of 100 degrees + El Paso - 51st consecutive day of 100 degrees +
Chicago, IL (1988)
100 degrees -- 7th day of 100 degrees or higher in 1088 -- an all-time record number.