- The eastern part of the country is seeing unseasonable warmth as the year enters October.
- Washington, DC, Chattanooga, Atlantic City, and Cincinnati are just a few of the over 60 locations that have broken a heat record this week.
- Cooler weather should be approaching this weekend, making October feel a little bit more like October.
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If you’re sweating underneath your new fall turtleneck – you aren’t alone. This week has felt more like steamy summer than crisp early fall, as temperatures creep into the 90s and above from New York City down to Alabama.
From Tuesday to Thursday this week, CNN reports 162 possible record highs and 164 record warm lows across the country. On Tuesday and Wednesday, 66 different spots on the map hit record highs for October – and around half of those places felt the record-breaking heat on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
Culling through the data, we found 66 locations have tied or set new October record highs the past two days. 27 of those locations have done so on consecutive days Tue and Wed. Details: https://t.co/zdoHUqOU4G pic.twitter.com/Qnlqwp9Jl7
— Jonathan Erdman (@wxjerdman) October 3, 2019
In New York City, Central Park reached a record high of 93 degrees – the second warmest day on file for this particular spot in October. The warmest it’s ever been was 94 degrees in October 1941. The airports surrounding the city were feeling a bit toasty as well as JFK, LaGuardia and Newark reached record-breaking temperatures of 95 and 96.
New Jersey was roasting at a temperature of 97 degrees in Burlington County on Wednesday. It reached the low 90’s across the state. Atlantic City beat its previous record high of 90 degrees in 2007 by six degrees, making it the third day above 90 at the Atlantic City International Airport ever, NJ.com reports.
Washington, DC, saw the second hottest day of the year on Wednesday at a scorching 98 degrees – the second-hottest day of this year, forecaster Ian Livingston noted on Twitter. Not only did this temperature break records – it’s the hottest weather ever recorded this late in the year for the capital.
In the Midwest, Louisville, Kentucky, saw it’s hottest October day on record Tuesday at 97 degrees. Every major city in Ohio set a new record, including Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus, all hovering in the mid-90s, the Weather Channel reports.
A pair of cold fronts will scour heat from the East Coast and southern US over the next few days.
This animation shows high temperature departures from normal each day through Tuesday. Reds/oranges are above normal.
— National Weather Service (@NWS) October 3, 2019
Thankfully, the National Weather Service reports that by this weekend, it will start to feel a bit more like fall, except for some spots in the southeast that may still feel the heat on Friday and Saturday. The Weather Channel predicts the South will have temperatures in the 80s and 90s until a cold front hits early next week.