For ice cream vendors selling frozen treats and cold water on the beaches near Atlantic City, N.J., it's a great day for business.
Thousands flocked to the beach Saturday to escape the heat after a super derecho knocked out the power of more than three million people across the Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions.
James Diecidue, who sells ice cream along the beach in Margate City, N.J., said the beaches are extremely crowded. Many of his customers keep asking him if the city has regained power yet.
"A lot of people are buying water and ice cream here because a lot of people still don't have power at home," he said.
While those affected by the storm along the coast have the option to cool down with an ocean minutes away, other areas aren't so lucky.
Authorities in non-coastal regions have had to think of other ways to keep their community cool in this weekend's scorching temperatures.
Prince George's County in Maryland opened cooling centers where local residents without power can refuge from the 100-degree weather that plagued their area today.
Scott Peterson, the county's deputy manager of communications, said they've provided information about where to locate cooling centers through social media and online press releases that people can view with their smart phones if they don't have power.
"We've been going through every means necessary to make sure they know we have places they can go to cool down," Peterson said. "We're highlighting what's still open with power in the region like malls and hotels. Everyone's working together."
Emergency Management Coordinator Emily Ashley of Chesterfield County, Va., said the town's local libraries will keep their doors open past normal hours, and though usually closed on Sundays, will also open tomorrow until 6 p.m.
Ashley said dealing with the significant power outages has been difficult because critical buildings that would normally act as a refuge are the ones that are without power.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management also created a Tumblr blog that lists open cooling centers by county, damage reports and power restoration updates.
According to electric companies, it could be a week before power is restored in some areas, especially major cities like Washington, D.C.
Rain and thunderstorms spreading to the East on Tuesday will put the brakes on the warmup following Easter weekend.
While remaining on a localized level through Tuesday, severe weather will ramp up across the Plains on Wednesday.
Although spring may be in full swing, more than one-third of the Great Lakes remains covered in ice.
A potent area of low pressure moving into the West will dictate the weather from Washington to Texas heading into the new week.
After taking a tumble Easter Sunday, temperatures will quickly rebound in Boston for Patriots' Day.
There hasn't been any measurable precipitation in San Francisco since April 4.
Late season cold wave: Douglas, WY - 12 degrees (April record) Lander, WY - 10 degrees Cheyenne, WY - 2 degrees
Marquette, MI (1982)
8" of snow fell in Marquette, MI, on this date. This brought the total snowfall to 240" for the winter -- an all-time record.
Southeastern VA (1991)
Torrential rain; 5.89" at Norfolk broke the 24-hour record for April (5.19" set in 1883). This was the most rain in one event since Hurricane Cleo dumped 11.40" from August 31 to September 1, 1964.