By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
May 13,2017, 3:18:38AM,EDT
Temperatures will surge over the central United States this Mother's Day weekend and can push 90 F by early next week.As people trade long sleeves and rain jackets for shorts and sunglasses, fans and air conditions will hum with activity. The weather pattern will be a boost for warm weather activities.
AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures can top 90 for a few hours in the central and southern Plains to the Mississippi Valley during the afternoons early next week.
The weather pattern will not only bring warmth to match that of April and March but could also bring the highest temperatures of the year so far.
Temperatures will reach 80 for a multiple-day stretch in the swath from Fargo, North Dakota, to Minneapolis.
Daily record highs could be challenged in Kansas City, Missouri; Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; Nashville, Tennessee; Oklahoma City and St. Louis next week.
"In the St. Louis area, temperatures will climb into the 80s this weekend and can soar to near 90 early next week," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Dean DeVore. "That is good news, as the drier and warmer conditions may help flood waters to recede."
Several major rivers over the middle Mississippi Basin remain above flood stage. In portions of the lower Mississippi and White rivers, a crest may not occur until next week.
A stiff south to southwest wind will develop with the building heat, which will expedite the drying process, not only for flood cleanup but also agriculture. The improving drying conditions may allow more farmers to get into the fields and work the soil with the growing season already underway.
Rainfall and/or rainy days have been well above average even where flooding has not occurred in recent weeks across the Plains.
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The combination of building heat and an approaching storm from the Rockies is likely to trigger severe thunderstorms over the Plains late Monday and Tuesday.
Later next week, temperatures will trend downward over the Central states from west to east as showers and thunderstorms advance.
The warmth will build across the Great Lakes and into the Northeast during the middle part of next week. However, cloud cover and chilly waters of the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean may mitigate the warmth to some extent.
Temperatures are projected to reach the 80s in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City by midweek. A few locations could touch 90 in the lower part of the mid-Atlantic on Wednesday.
"We may have to issue spring fever alerts all over again in the Northeast, following the chilly, wet weather of late," according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.