After a hot start to the week in the Northeast, more seasonable temperatures are expected to settle in by the weekend.
Tuesday and Wednesday turned out to be the hottest days since last summer for several cities across the region, including New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Boston.
Residents of the Northeast experienced the first true surge of summer heat, putting air conditioners and freshly opened swimming pools to the test before the heat builds in to stay.
Although none of these locations touched the 100-degree mark, new record highs were still set on occasion during the peak of the hot spell.
Some places, such as Washington, D.C., reached higher temperatures than most areas in Florida on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
|New York City||89||80|
|Atlantic City, New Jersey||95*||82|
*Denotes record value.
All temperatures listed are in degrees Fahrenheit.
While those in the Northeast experienced above-normal temperatures, folks on the other side of the country experienced the exact opposite.
A slow-moving low pressure system spinning over the northern Rockies delivered several days of unsettled weather and cool conditions to the Pacific Northwest.
This also included Great Falls, Montana, with the city only reaching 49 degrees on Wednesday, 25 degrees lower than their normal high of 74 F.
A cold front draped across the mid-Atlantic will bring cooler, less humid conditions to much of the Northeast Thursday before pushing farther south by Friday.
However, temperatures are still forecast to reach the 90-degree mark in the nation's capital for the fourth consecutive day.
If the city can reach 90 degrees, it would be the longest stretch of 90-degree days in the city going all the way back to the middle of July 2013.
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Another round of heavy rain and thunderstorms will move into the Plains over Memorial Day weekend, bringing the threat of flooding.
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer and summer warmth will dominate the Northeast next week, but that does not mean an end to shots of cooler air.
Showers and thunderstorms threaten to interfere with Memorial Day festivities across roughly two-thirds of the United States.
The several disturbances pose the threat to become the first named tropical system in the Eastern Pacific Ocean over the next week.
Mother Nature seems to have the weather flipped upside down with Fairbanks, Alaska, set to start the Memorial Day holiday weekend on a warmer note than Phoenix.
More rain in an already wet month. Monthly totals topped 11 inches at New York City, 9 inches at Bridgeport, CT and 8 inches at Baltimore (all three records for May).
International Falls, MN (1992)
Late season snow flurries.
Fresno, CA (2001)
Six 100+ degree days this month. This broke the old May record of five days set in May 1889.