It was an unseasonably cool weekend across the Northeast and Midwest with the trend of cooler temperatures expected to come to an end this week.
Temperatures have been more consistent with that of mid-September rather than mid-August from Boston through St. Louis and up into Minneapolis.
By mid-week, these below-normal temperatures will come to an end as warmer, more humid air ushers in from the Plains.
Below-normal temperatures are not foreign to the Midwest and Northeast as low humidity and unseasonably cool temperatures have held strong over these regions dating all the way back to July 24th.
Since then, a dip in the jet stream has allowed for cooler, less humid air from Canada to settle into this portion of the United States.
During this trend of cooler temperatures, Minneapolis and Detroit have only had two days with temperatures above normal.
Not only have temperatures averaged below normal, but new record lows have been set in many towns across the Northeast. A majority of these records were set on Aug. 15th where low temperatures dipped into the upper 30s in some spots.
Some towns that set record lows on this date include Williamsport, Pa., Elmira, N.Y., Sussex, N.J., Youngstown, Ohio, and Lynchburg, Va.
This cooler weather has been welcomed by some by providing a break from the summer heat, while others have found it to be unwelcome.
Cooler temperatures have deferred people away from beaches and water parks, foiling some vacation plans made months in advance.
With warmer, more summerlike air building in this week, beaches should have an uptick in attendance before summer comes to an end in September.
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It will feel like the calendar has been turned back to winter instead of moving ahead to May as disruptive snow continues to sweep across the central United States into Monday.
Severe thunderstorms capable of causing property damage and flooding will continue to target communities from the southeastern United States to the Ohio Valley into Sunday night.
The temperature roller coaster ride in the northeastern United States will continue on Monday, setting the stage for severe thunderstorms over a part of the region.
After a dry and mild dry across the country on Sunday, rain and cooler air will return by May Day.
Despite flooding rain from this weekend departing by Monday, rivers across the central United States will continue to rise and threaten homes and residents this week.
While the recent cold snap will be over, bouts of rain will persist and threaten to disrupt outdoor plans across the United Kingdom during the bank holiday.
Dangerous thunderstorms and flash flooding will continue to threaten lives and property across the central United States through Saturday night.
While a storm will douse outdoor plans and lead to flooding on some of the Hawaiian Islands, enough rain may fall to ease drought conditions into the start of May.