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Heat Wave From Midwest Pushing Toward East Coast Cities

June 18, 2012

A wave of heat pushing in from the Midwest will send temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) from Boston to Atlanta beginning June 20.

New York may reach 97, 16 degrees above normal, on June 21 before temperatures start to fall back into the lower 80s and upper 70s, according to AccuWeather Inc. of State College, Pennsylvania. The temperature in Washington is also expected to peak that day at 97, 11 above normal, and another streak in the 90s is expected in the capitol the following week.

“We expect a rapid rise in cooling demand to come from the surge in temperatures by midweek in the East,” Bob Haas, weather operations manager for MDA EarthSat Weather, said in a statement from Gaithersburg, Maryland. “Though short-lived, this heat event is likely to surpass any so far this season.”

High temperatures may remain in the 90s in Richmond, Virginia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, into the first week of July, according to AccuWeather. Richmond may have a high of 99 on June 30.

AccuWeather said high pressure will build across the Great Lakes tomorrow, sending temperatures into the 90s from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Louisville, Kentucky, then will shift to the east the following day. Much of the Midwest has already seen hot weather this year, while the East Coast has generally been cooler.

Temperatures in Chicago today may reach 93, then decline to as low as 70 by the middle of next week before heat builds again, AccuWeather said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Charlotte Porter in New York at Cporter11@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net


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