State College, PA-(ENEWSPF)- AccuWeather.com reports temperature records continue to be shattered across the eastern two-thirds of the nation as the springlike warmth bulges eastward.
Record-Challenging Warmth East of the Rockies
Residents from Dallas, Texas, to International Falls, Minn., to New York, N.Y., can put away the winter jackets for the week. Temperatures will soar into the 60s as far north as the U.S.-Canadian border with 70s creeping into the New York City area.
The only downside to the weather this week across the eastern two-thirds of the nation will be some rain showers and thunderstorms that pop up across the southern Plains and Great Lakes late today and tonight.
In fact, some thunderstorms across portions of the Great Lakes could produce hail and gusty winds.
Another fly-in-the-ointment will be a backdoor cold front that slowly pushes into the Northeast today, which will bring cooler weather to northern parts of the region today into Friday.
Locations from Boston northward will experience cool weather for the end of the week. Northeast flow off the chilly Atlantic Ocean will lead to temperatures in the 40s and 50s. In areas farther south, a southerly or southwesterly breeze will provide balmy and unseasonably warm weather.
By the weekend, residents of the entire Northeast should be able to enjoy the springlike warmth.
A large area of high pressure stationed near the East Coast will continue to pump warm air northward through the week.
With high temperatures reaching into the 60s and 70s, many locations will be 10-25 degrees above normal.
In general, places farther north will have the largest departures from normal. For example, the normal high for International Falls, Minn., is in the low 30s. High temperatures this week are expected to climb near 60 degrees, almost 30 degrees above average!
People living in New York City would typically see temperatures near 50 in mid-March. Instead, they will experience temperatures near 70.
Even in places across the Plains, temperatures will climb to near record levels. Kansas City, Mo., is forecast to challenge record highs near 80 degrees all week.
The abnormal warmth is expected to continue at least into the early part of next week and possibly beyond. While most places east of the Rockies will have warmer-than-normal temperatures, the largest difference from normal should be found in the northern Plains and Upper Midwest.
Records Shattered Monday, Tuesday
Numerous temperature records continued to be broken across the country on Monday as the warmth spread eastward. Locations from Florida to North Dakota to Maine experienced record warmth.
A list of some of the notable high temperature records from Monday:
A list of some of the notable high temperature records from Tuesday:
By Dan DePodwin, Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com
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