Oppressive heat and humidity blanketing the Northeast early this week will end after midweek. A cold front will cut into the heart of the heat on Wednesday, but relief will come at a stormy price.
As searing heat and humidity mix into a perfect thunderstorm cocktail, thunderstorms will erupt along the megalopolis from Boston to New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., on Wednesday.
The storms will fire first near Erie, Pa., Albany, N.Y., and Portland, Maine, then explode southward reaching the major cities by the late afternoon or evening hours.
Damaging blasts of wind, blinding downpours and hail bigger than the size of quarters are possible with the most potent storms.
Anyone with outdoor activities planned for Wednesday should have a watchful eye to the sky if thunderstorms approach. Heed all severe weather watches and warnings and be prepared to take swift action.
This frightful Wednesday weather will mark the return to a more comfortable air mass for the end of the week, as high temperatures fall into the 80s and humidity values tumble Thursday and Friday.
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Temperatures will remain in the 90s across the Metroplex through the Labor Day weekend.
More unsettled weather is coming to the Minneapolis area.
While Marie will stay well offshore from Los Angeles, it will continue to produce dangerous surf along many Southern California beaches through Thursday.
While Hurricane Cristobal will track east of the United States this week, it will spread rough surf along much of the Atlantic coast and will have some direct impact on Bermuda.
After a brief cooldown late this week, very warm and humid air will bounce back during the Labor Day weekend.
While the weather over much of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts will be free of rain this Labor Day weekend, a zone of unsettled weather will reach across part of the Central states.
Colorado Springs, CO (1978)
Hail 6 inches deep.
Rochester, MN (1979)
2.73 inches of rain fell in 50 minutes making this the wettest August on record. (9.52 inches of rain so far this month). The heavy downpour flooded the streets of Rochester, stranding about 1,500 cars.
A five-state tornado outbreak in Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, Iowa and Missouri occurred on this date. In all, 20 tornadoes were reported. Nine were in Iowa. One near Farragut, IA, in the extreme SW corner of the state, caused several fatalities and numerous injuries.