More than 5 million Americans are under heat alerts this weekend as a record-breaking heat wave continues to sweep across the United States.
Last week, the heat wave swept across the western United States. And on Saturday (June 5), the heat wave finally expanded into the Northeast. The highest temperatures of the year are expected.
Saturday will be the first day in 2021 that temperatures in New York City’s Central Park will reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit (about 32.2 degrees Celsius). On Saturday and Sunday (June 6), temperatures in the nation’s capital, too, will approach 90 degrees Fahrenheit. And Boston could reach temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit and continue through next weekend.
If temperatures in Boston rise above 90 degrees Fahrenheit and last at least five days, it will be its longest-lasting heat wave in nearly a decade.
Meanwhile, temperatures in the Midwest and Plains, are continuing to approach the century high temperature record mark.
The Twin Cities’ National Weather Service Office in Minnesota has issued a heat advisory for the region for Saturday until 9 p.m. local time.
Meteorologists expect the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to see record-breaking temperatures on Saturday, the highest since 1925. Similarly high temperatures are expected on Sunday.
This is just part of a week of continuous high temperatures that the western United States will face.
Dozens of temperature records have been broken across the U.S. since early June as the Jet Stream swells northward, causing deep “tropical air” to linger over the country.
Before the heat wave ends next week, more than 160 areas across the United States, from the West Coast to the East Coast, will be at risk of record heat.
With a late-season cold front passing through the northwestern United States this weekend, the region will have a chance to get relief from the heat. But the rest of the United States will have to endure Wednesday’s heat.
The U.S. summer season will officially begin on June 20. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)