We’re having a heat wave, says Accuweather

Here’s the latest from Accuweather about the heat wave underway in the east.

AccuWeather.com reports midsummer heat is arriving just a few days after the unofficial start of the season.

After shivering cold over the Memorial Day weekend, record-challenging heat will build in some areas of the Great Lakes and the East as May draws to a close and June begins.

While some people may welcome the heat, for a number of people it may be a little tough to adjust to after days of cool conditions.

Avoid manual labor during the afternoon hours, when temperatures are the highest and the sun is the strongest. If you must work in this weather, be sure to drink plenty of fluids. Since there will be some air quality issues over time, folks with respiratory problems should use caution when spending a great deal of time outside of an air conditioned environment.

Some locations will experience a 50- to 55-degree temperature rise compared to morning lows this past weekend to afternoon highs Thursday to Saturday.

High temperatures near or above 90 degrees are forecast on one or more days.

In some cases, temperatures will challenge or break record highs during the period from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic coast.

Even areas that received accumulating snow in upstate New York and New England this past weekend will feel the heat.

During the upcoming weekend, the heat will be chopped down over the Midwest by an advancing zone of thunderstorms associated with a cold front. The storms could be locally severe.

The cold front and storms would reach the Appalachians Saturday night and Sunday then the I-95 corridor by Monday.

As a reminder, because of the slow spring in the region, water temperatures are still quite chilly at the beaches, lakes and unheated pools. The cold water can quickly bring on muscle cramps and increase the risk of drowning. Parents and guardians are urged to keep a close eye on their kids. Always swim with a companion.

Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com