A cold front will move through the area tonight, with scattered showers and thunderstorms, locally heavy, expected during the day. Cooler temperatures will briefly return for the weekend with mostly sunny skies as highs reach the upper 70s to low 80s for most. Despite the cooler than average start to August, however, summer is not over yet, with an active pattern setting up for the next 1-2 weeks as a heat ridge develops over the central US with occasional surges of heat and thunderstorms spreading into the area through early September.
Wednesday, August 21 Observations:
A warm air mass remained over the region with a southwest flow, bringing another day of above average temperatures to the region; while these temperatures are not unusual for this time of the year, it is the first time temperatures have been this warm in nearly a month following the cool start to August. Temperatures climbed into the mid to upper 80s across the area, with the immediate NYC area reaching the low 90s; Central Park reached 90 degrees as well, making it the first time Central Park reached 90 degrees this month after the cooler than average start to August. The highest temperature was 91 degrees in Newark, NJ, and the coolest high temperature was 83 degrees in New London, CT.