By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
June 5,2017, 12:30:57PM,EDT
There are signs that the prolonged stretch of cool and unsettled weather settling over the northeastern United States may give way to the warmest weather since May next week.
While, the storm dropping into the Northeast with showers and locally gusty thunderstorms early this week will be in no hurry to leave, a change is likely toward the weekend.
AccuWeather Long-Range Meteorologist Max Vido expects a flip in the weather pattern to occur somewhere around June 10-12 and open the door for summer heat to pour back in.
“From the end of May into the start of June, much of the warmth across the United States has been bottled up in the West and northern Plains,” Vido said.
“However, there is growing confidence that the heat will finally make a significant push eastward into the Midwest and Northeast early next week.”
Widespread highs in the 80s may unfold with temperatures even soaring into the 90s, especially in the mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley.
“This will mark the most noticeable return of summerlike heat in the Northeast since the middle of May,” Vido said.
Northeastern US interactive radar
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Higher humidity would accompany the soaring temperatures, creating even higher and more uncomfortable AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures.
Chicago recorded its hottest day of the year so far on Sunday when temperatures cracked the 90-degree mark. Early next week may feel just as hot, if not hotter with the more humid air in place.
“[The steamy air] will certainly result in more cooling demand and encourage people to finish opening up their pools,” Vido said.
Vido expects plenty of opportunities for residents to hit the pools and beaches, as well as to catch a baseball game or enjoy any other outdoor activities. However, be mindful of the water temperatures of the ocean and local streams and rivers.
The waters along the New England coast, most of the Great Lakes and many streams are still too cold to enter.
The main risk for thunderstorms early next week amid the heat will be over the Appalachian Mountains.
"While mostly dry conditions will likely accompany the heat, this pattern favors thunderstorm development over the mountains during the afternoon," Vido said.
The timing of the next storm tracking eastward from the northern Plains will determine whether the surging heat will only last a couple of days or will persist much of next week.