If today's temperature passes 91 degrees in New York City, that would make today the hottest day of the summer. However, the record for today of 102 degrees was set during a long-lasting heat wave in 1953. Interestingly, the Labor Day hot spell was followed a little more than two months later by an early season snowfall that gave Philadelphia more than 7 inches. This video gives the Great Lakes and Northeast forecast ideas through next weekend.
Thunderstorms were widespread across the Midwest yesterday. This map shows the lightning strokes from 8 a.m. ET yesterday through 7:45 AM ET this morning. Note how thunderstorms formed along the sea breeze boundary in the Carolinas. In Florida, the Atlantic sea breeze drifted well inland, but on the west coast the Gulf breeze boundary was just inland and greatly enhanced thunderstorms there.
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Really cold air may not return before the end of next week