Published August 20, 2013
Rounds of late-summer heat and humidity will make for some ideal beach and pool weather and will have air conditioners humming at times over the Northeast.
The bulk of the warmth appears to be taking aim during the weekdays, rather than the weekends.
Temperatures will surge well into the 80s with a buildup of humidity through Thursday. Some urban areas will touch 90 degrees.
The combination of sunshine and light winds will cause AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures to climb well into the 90s during the afternoon hours.
For those heading to the beaches, ocean water temperatures will average from about 73 over the Delmarva beaches and the New Jersey shore to 71 along Long Island and 67 along the Massachusetts coast. These temperatures will fluctuate a bit from day to day.
With the cool weather during the first part of August, consumers got a break, following a big electricity bill during July. However, the cool weather appears as though it will be less persistent over the next few weeks.
According to Long Range Weather Expert Paul Pastelok, "The pattern through the Labor Day Weekend looks to be progressive with episodes of warm and cool conditions."
The next cooldown is forecast to spread from the Great Lakes to the East Coast Friday into this weekend. Nighttime temperatures are projected to dip into the 40s in the mountains, the 50s over the countryside and major city suburbs and the lower 60s in the urban areas.
Another warmup will follow during the last week of August.
"The atmosphere is sending mixed signals about the amount and duration of warmth around the Labor Day weekend," Pastelok said. "Normally, when a tropical cyclone plows into China, as Trami is forecast to do, excessive heat builds in the Eastern U.S. 6 to 10 days later."
Other players on the weather battlefield in Asia suggest more subdued and periodic warmups from the end of August into early September.
"The warmth may not be centered over the Labor Day weekend, but perhaps more so before and after it," Pastelok said.
Additional spikes in 85- to 90-degree temperatures are possible during the middle of next week and part of the first week in September.
The pattern should have warm and cool weather fanatics happy at least part of the time.
Most days at the beach through Labor Day should be warm enough for swimming, despite some cool nights over the weekends.