While Saturday felt nothing like a typical August day, a surge of warmer air is on the horizon for the Northeast next week.
Fresh cool air from Canada, combined with clouds and showers in some areas, were holding temperatures generally 5 to 10 degrees below normal across the Northeast on Saturday.
Temperatures will rebound to end the weekend as the dip in the jet stream making for the cool Saturday gives way to a building ridge of high pressure. Still, highs will fall short of normal.
Further warmth will occur through the first half of the new week as the ridge continues to build overhead.
By midweek, highs in middle 80s will return to Boston and Syracuse, New York, as New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Albany, New York, warm into the upper 80s. Washington, D.C., should even crack the 90-degree mark.
Prior to the peak of the warmth, the first part of the new week will feature plenty of sunshine, low humidity and comfortable afternoon temperatures.
Humidity will increase at midweek, leading to higher AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures.
While falling short of being described as extreme heat, some may find the warmth at midweek even more uncomfortable than a typical summer due to the lack of hot days this summer.
Residents engaging in strenuous labor, sports and the elderly will want to be sure to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and cooling.
The warmth will be perfect for anyone wanting to take a dip in the swimming pool before summer comes to an end, while air conditioners and fans will have to once again be turned on.
Lovers of autumnlike weather will be happy with the news that yet another shot of cooler air will erase the upcoming warmth later in the week.
The same dip in the jet stream ushering in the cooler air should act as a shield protecting the Northeast from what is expected to become Tropical Storm Cristobal in the Atlantic.