Published: June 25,2017
Summer officially arrived last Wednesday, but residents of the Midwest and East are enjoying a brief break from heat and humidity to start this week.
The jet stream has reconfigured into an upper-level trough, or southward dip, over the eastern states while an upper-level ridge of high pressure, or northward bulge, remains parked over the West.
Forecast Upper-Level Pattern for Tuesday
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Midwest ForecastThe early summer atmospheric air conditioner has already been kicked on in portions of the Midwest and the cooler air is spreading east and south.
Parts of the northern Plains and Upper Midwest dipped into the upper 30s and low 40s on Sunday morning. Aberdeen, South Dakota, even tied its daily record low of 41 degrees.
Forecast Morning Lows
Urban heat island locations shouldn't drop below the mid-50s, however, and some bigger cities could actually hold in the lower 60s. Additionally, areas along the shores of the Great Lakes will be milder than inland locations due to influences from the warmer waters.
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High and low temperatures should recover to late-June averages by Tuesday or Wednesday of this week – good news for those who want summer to live up to its warm reputation.
East and South ForecastThe cooler-than-average temperatures will be enjoyed in the eastern states into midweek.
Temperatures won't be quite as cool as in the Midwest, but readings as much as 10 degrees below average are possible, especially in the interior Northeast.
Highs will be in the 70s across much of the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic early week, with mid- to upper 60s in parts of the Appalachians northward into upstate New York.
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Low temperatures will be up to 10 degrees cooler than average Monday through Wednesday mornings in the East, with the farthest-below-average readings likely from the Ohio Valley to western portions of Pennsylvania and New York.
This translates to lows in the 50s in most of the Northeast and Ohio Valley, but low to mid-60s are expected in the mid-Atlantic, especially in the warmer metropolitan areas due to the urban heat island effect.
(MAPS: Average Highs and Lows)
Forecast Morning Lows
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