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Easter Sunday to feel like July Fourth in northeastern US as warmth embraces region

As warmth surges into the northeastern United States this weekend, temperatures will climb into the 80s F along much of the Interstate 95 corridor on Easter Sunday.

For many areas along the Atlantic Seaboard, Easter Sunday will bring the warmest weather of the year so far. With a few exceptions, the warmth will eclipse that of a few days earlier and the incredible warmth from February.

"A few locations in Virginia, Maryland and southern New Jersey could briefly touch 90 on Sunday," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.

Static Easter Sunday Warmth I-95


The high temperatures will be more typical of early July, rather than the middle of April and will average 15 to 25 degrees above normal.

For those who mind mid-summer conditions, the humidity will not reach July-like levels this weekend.

It will still be warm enough to run fans and air conditioners for a few hours in some locations. Weather conditions will also be ideal for those headed to church or those who feel the urge to fire up the grill. Sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended to avoid a burn, according to Anderson.

Caution is advised for any who plan to grill as many areas remain abnormally dry. The dry brush from the winter combined with the warmth and gusty winds will result in an elevated wildfire threat.

The surge of warmth and breezy conditions will bring a burst of pollen for allergy sufferers.

The warmth on Sunday will extend to many of the beaches and coastal communities.

Meanwhile, lake and ocean waters are too cold for swimming. Surf temperatures are mainly in the 40s along the New England coast and the 50s along the mid-Atlantic coast. Temperatures this low can lead to severe muscle cramps and dramatically increase the risk of a heart attack or drowning incident.

In terms of rainfall on Easter Sunday, showers and thunderstorms will rumble over the Midwest and are likely to reach parts of the Appalachians toward evening.

Static US Sunday


Cloud cover ahead of the storms will hold temperatures back a bit in the Appalachians, the eastern Great Lakes and the eastern ends of the Ohio and Tennessee valleys.

"Much of the shower activity from the Midwest is likely to diminish before reaching the Atlantic coast later Sunday night," according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams. "The storm system is likely to run out of moisture."

Sunshine, breezy and cooler conditions will follow on Monday for those who head back to work or school, or who have an extra day off.