Recap: Saturday's Warmth Versus Last Week's Polar Blast

By Michael Doll, Meteorologist
January 15, 2014; 3:24 AM ET
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Over the course of a few days, arctic cold was replaced by springlike warmth in the East with temperatures as much as 50 degrees warmer on Saturday compared to last Tuesday.

Temperatures climbed into the 50s across portions of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Saturday afternoon after only reaching the single digits and teens on Tuesday.

Many locations established new records on Tuesday for coldest maximum temperatures. High temperatures on Saturday in some of those same cities were near or tied their record for the date.

Last Tuesday, Daytona Beach, Fla., set a new record for coldest maximum temperature when the high only reached 42 degrees. On Saturday they soared to 84 degrees, which tied the record high for the date set most recently in 1991.

The warmth was accompanied by soaking rain across a majority of the East.

Highs January 7th vs. January 11th

City, State
High on 7th / High on 11th
Boston, Mass.
29 / 59
New York City, N.Y.
19 / 58
Philadelphia, Pa.
13 / 61
Pittsburgh, Pa.
4 / 54
Washington D.C.
21 / 58
Richmond, Va.
22 / 67
Raleigh, N.C.
25 / 69
Atlanta, Ga.
26 / 65
Jacksonville, Fla.
39 / 81

In the Southeast, the warm and moist air fueled powerful thunderstorms that rolled through the region.

These intense storms contained winds strong enough to bring down trees and power lines from eastern Alabama and northern Florida to southeastern Virginia.

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A wind gust of 86 mph was measured at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina as severe thunderstorms plowed through the area.

Tens of thousands of Duke Energy customers were without electricity by sunset on Saturday as a result of the storms, according to the company's website.

Cooler air will settle over the East on Sunday, followed by a brief warmup to start the week.

Temperatures are expected to return to below normal in the East by midweek and there could be another blast of arctic air late in the week.

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