The intense heat wave that has broken thousands of records from the Plains to the Eastern Seaboard will begin to lose its grip on the weather, but not after peaking for millions today.
Temperatures will soar well into the 90s and even past 100 in some big cities from near New York to Raleigh and Charlotte to start the weekend.
Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., are all expected to rise into the low 100s, tying or breaking records.
"Saturday could potentially be the hottest day of the summer for Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and other cities of the Northeast," AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
Of course, the thermometer reading, while impressive, won't do justice to how it truly feels.
The combination of the heat with intense sunshine and high humidity levels will yield AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures as high as 115 in major metropolitan areas during the peak heating of the day, between noon and shortly after sunset.
RealFeel® values this high are at dangerous levels for not only the old and infirm, but everyone who spends a prolonged amount of time outdoors. Hydration and frequent respites in air conditioning will be key to weathering the brutal heat.
Even folks seeking refuge at beach locales will have to endure the searing temperatures thanks to an offshore flow that will only cede to a sea breeze in some areas late in the day.
While the heat will peak in the big cities along I-95 today, record temperatures near or above 100 that other major cities such as St. Louis, Chicago and Cincinnati have become accustomed to will persist yet another day.
However, a cold front which has already erased the triple-digit heat from the Upper Midwest will further squash it to the south over the next few days.
Temperatures above 100 in Philadelphia and D.C. will be replaced with 90s on Sunday and then more seasonable 80s for the rest of next week. Accompanying the cooldown will be a reduction in humidity levels, making a world of difference to how it feels to be outdoors.
The transition will not be smooth, however, with severe thunderstorms expected to rock a portion of the Great Lakes, mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
Tropical Depression Eight could become a tropical storm while brushing the North Carolina coast with rough surf, downpours and locally gusty thunderstorms into midweek.
Tropical Depression Nine developed just south of Florida on Sunday and will turn toward the northeastern Gulf Coast of the United States later this week.
Another strong tropical disturbance has moved off the coast of Africa and bears watching for strengthening and impact on the Caribbean and the United States during September.
Two tropical systems, Madeline and Lester, could pose hazards to Hawaii from the middle of the week into Labor Day weekend.
Though the summer season is winding down, forecasters are predicting a warm start to fall across the Northeast — a weather pattern that could spell bad news for fall foliage lovers.
The worst thing that people who live along coastlines can do is not to prepare for tropical storms and hurricanes.
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