Cooler, unsettled weather to return to parts of the Northeast early this week

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A cold front diving out of Canada into the Northeast will bring a quick round of cooler air and unsettled weather this week, putting an end to the recent dry and warm stretch for some.

A sharp contrast in temperatures will develop across the Northeast heading into the middle of the week thanks to a cold front passing through.

"Cooler air pressing into far northern New England will spread over more of the Northeast Tuesday into Wednesday following the passage of the cold front," AccuWeather Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

High temperatures will likely be 10 F to 15 F cooler on Tuesday when compared to Monday for a large area, including Syracuse and Albany, New York, Springfield, Massachusetts, Hartford, Connecticut, and Providence, Rhode Island.

This means high temperatures in the upper 60s and 70s Monday will be replaced with highs only in the 50s, a cool contrast from recent days.

Despite temperatures taking a dip, most places will still remain near to or even above average. However, it certainly will feel cooler coming on the heels of the recent well above-average warmth and because of other factors.

"On Tuesday, there will be a breeze that will create lower AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures," Pydynowski said.

AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures will likely dip into the 40s at times during the day.

Similar weather from the weekend will be experienced again on Monday for a large area in the East, prolonging pleasant weather for another day before the cooler air arrives.

Those who have been basking in the sunshine in t-shirts and shorts will need to replace their wardrobe with sweatshirts, jeans and long-sleeved shirts to help fight the chilly breeze, especially for those planning on voting in the New York Primary on Tuesday.

Overnight temperatures will tumble to around freezing in some of the valleys of the Northeast. Outdoor plants will be threatened by a frost on some mornings.

"At this point in the year, it still can get cold enough for a bit of frost early in the morning over the northern tier states and in some of the valleys of the interior mid-Atlantic," AccuWeather Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. "People should avoid planting annual flowers and warm season vegetables this early."

Clouds will increase late Monday across northern New England with rain arriving as well. A steady swath of rain will be seen across Upstate New York, and northern New England Monday night.

Showers will arrive for the morning commute in Boston and Portland, Maine, and will be spotty through the afternoon. Those across New England will want to keep an umbrella nearby.

The rain will mark the end of a week long dry stretch.

While the front will pass through the mid-Atlantic, the cooler air will be less noticeable during the day as high temperatures will still remain above average in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Mornings will be a bit chillier though.

The front will run into drier air as it dives to the south so the threat for rain will sharply decrease.

Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Allentown, Pennsylvania, and New York City will continue to see mild and pleasant weather through the middle of the week.

Monday through Thursday will still be quite nice across this area and will continue to give ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and spring cleaning.

However, the stretch of dry weather has to come to an end at some point and that very well could be in sight.

"A storm system later in the week will end the dry spell for places that miss out on the early week's rain," Pydynowski said. "This will likely put the dry spell at 10 days for many places."

Another surge of warmer air will accompany the storm on Thursday and Friday. These two days will feature the best chance for rain from the Appalachians on Thursday to the East Coast on Friday. The energy from this storm will be the same energy that brought feet of snow to the Colorado Rockies.