Record-Breaking Autumn Heatwave Brings Summer-Like Temperatures to Midwest and Northeast
Sunday’s scorching 92-degree heat in the Twin Cities marked a record-breaking October temperature, showcasing the arrival of summer-like temperatures. (Photo: CDC)
Summer-like temperatures Sweep the Midwest and Northeast
According to NBC News, record-shattering summer-like temperatures have swept across portions of the Upper Midwest, with temperatures exceeding 90 degrees in some areas. This unexpected autumn heat wave is forecasted to persist into the early week, with nearly 30 potential record highs anticipated across the Midwest to the Northeast. Some regions may experience temperatures even hotter than the average July or August day.
Cities at risk of setting new high-temperature records in the upcoming days include Des Moines, Iowa; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Omaha, Nebraska; Buffalo, New York; Syracuse, New York; Burlington, Vermont; and Portland, Maine.
On the first day of October, several daily and monthly record highs were established, such as the Twin Cities, which reached a remarkable 92 degrees, marking their hottest October temperature ever recorded. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, surpassed that, reaching an astonishing 95 degrees, a new all-time high for October in the city.
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Summer-Like Temperatures Give Way to First Frosts, Marking the Start of Autumn’s Chill
According to Yahoo News, Monday and Tuesday are expected to bring summer-like temperatures 15-25 degrees above average across the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes, Northeast, and New England, with highs in the upper 80s and low 90s. This unseasonable warmth is attributed to a strong ridge of high pressure extending from the Gulf Coast to the upper Great Lakes, ushering warm southern air into these northern regions.
Even though major metro areas like New York City and Washington, D.C., are not projected to break records, they will still experience temperatures in the low-to-mid 80s through midweek.
However, this late surge of summer is transient, as more fall-like temperatures are expected to return later in the week and into the next weekend. This transition could also bring the first frosts of the season, signaling the inevitable shift toward cooler autumn weather.