More humid conditions will return to the Northeast this weekend, but so will the risk of showers and thunderstorms.
Dry weather with sunshine, low humidity and warm afternoons are in the offing for much of the region into Saturday. An exception will be spotty thundershowers over central and northern New England.
During the transition to more humid conditions, the risk of shower and thunderstorm activity will increase throughout the interior mid-Atlantic and New England on Saturday night and Sunday.
According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek, "For those heading to the beaches, most, if not all, of the time this weekend will be rain-free from Long Island to New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland."
AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures will climb into the uncomfortable range for many by early next week.
"While we do not anticipate excessively steamy conditions like we had last weekend, the uptick in humidity will be noticeable, compared to the air mass over the region now," Dombek said. "The pattern will bring a return to typical midsummer conditions."
From Sunday into Tuesday this past week, RealFeel® temperatures soared past 100 F in many I-95 cities.
Actual high temperatures will continue to fluctuate within a few degrees of average, which is in the 80s F for most locations, but near 90 F in the swath from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia.
Nights will be warm and sticky, especially in the major cities. Temperatures will dip to near 70 F in most major cities and could hover in the middle 70s F in some of the urban areas.
Temperatures during the recent push of dry air allowed nighttime temperatures to dip into the 50s F in the central and northern Appalachians. Moving forward, temperatures will generally bottom out in the 60s F in these areas later this weekend into next week.
While higher humidity levels will increase the chance of thunderstorms, the pattern does not look to be as wet as often as earlier this summer.
Many areas also had rain on about 50 percent of the days from June 1 to July 21, 2015. During the upcoming pattern, it is likely to rain less than a third of the time in most areas.