In the wake of the drenching, gusty and disruptive storms through Tuesday, drier air will settle into the Philadelphia area through Thursday.
Some sunshine is forecast for the city and suburbs with lowering humidity Wednesday and Thursday, while downpours still threaten to ruin the day at the beach Wednesday.
The less humid air will set the stage for lower temperatures at night. Lows will dip to unseasonably cool levels in the northern and western suburbs into the end of the week, while record chill holds up over the Midwest.
During the weekend and into next week, humidity levels and eventually temperatures will trend upward. As this happens, the risk of thunderstorms will increase across the region.
Another round of strong winds will howl across northern Europe through Tuesday.
Another storm system will bring more heavy rain and flooding to northern Pakistan and India this week.
While portions of the mid-Atlantic have enjoyed a day or two of spring warmth in March, most of New York and New England will finally break out of the persistent winter chill.
A pattern change during the middle of April could bring rain and cooler conditions to California, while erasing persistent chill in the Northeast.
It was a very active day Monday along the "Ring of Fire," the zone of seismic activity in the Pacific Basin.
Early heat wave, but the heat was welcome after a bitterly cold January. Binghamton, NY, reached 82 degrees, a new March record. Another March record was set in Hartford, CT, as the mercury there soared to 87. Baltimore Airport had a record high of 87, also a March record.
Flooding as a result of heavy rain on top of a heavy snowpack. Homes in Huntingdon county along the Juniata River were evacuated.
Philadelphia, PA (1998)
86 degrees; only 10 short of March record set March 29, 1945.