Weather service: Record heat is brewing again in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic this holiday weekend and early next week. The rising heat comes as the hottest summer ends and data shows how exceptionally hot some sections of the country have been.
This Holiday will Expect a Rising Temperature as the Hottest Summer is Noted This Year
The Dakotas to Southern Texas were expected to see above-average temperatures Saturday, with more heat expected over Labor Day weekend. According to AccuWeather, a dome of heat across the middle of the nation in September could break records from nearly a century ago over the extended holiday weekend. AccuWeather predicts 90-degree highs across the Plains this weekend, with patches of 100-degree readings. These temperatures are 10-20 degrees above average, nearing or exceeding daily records.
According to the senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, Dave Dombek, the late-summer warmth that many locations have been experiencing with highs in the 80s will soon convert to highs in the 90s. Next week may be the week that New York City and other areas that have not yet experienced a heat wave will finally be able to cross that item off their list. Late in the week, climatologists moved August off of the calendar and into September, thus putting an end to the noted hottest summer.
Climate-wise, the hottest summer is finished. For those of you sick of the heat, the hottest summer ended Thursday and fall began Friday (climatologists define summer as June, July, and August). The first day of fall is considered to be September 23. It was the hottest summer ever in at least 20 cities, including Miami, Houston, New Orleans, Austin, San Antonio, and Phoenix.
Hottest Summer was Recorded in the Gulf Coast in Texas
According to historian Christopher Burt on Weather.com, this year was the hottest summer on record for most Gulf Coast locations, from Brownsville, Texas, to Key West, Florida. This was “hot,” especially for Southerners. The National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi, stated: “The previous three weeks’ record heat and drought will be recalled. Since weather records have been kept, this was the most powerful and pervasive heat wave in southern Mississippi and northeast Louisiana. They have weather records from the 1890s.
While the intense, continuous heat in the South received the most attention, a huge section of the country’s East, Rockies, and Great Basin experienced average or even cooler-than-average summer temperatures, according to Weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Erdman. The NOAA will issue national and statewide summer temperature statistics on September 11.