Temperatures plunge after record heat in the Northeast, New England
A backdoor cold front will begin to move in from the east, and that will cause temperatures to drop 20 to 30 degrees
After a few days of record-breaking heat in the Northeast and New England, temperatures will cool off dramatically thanks to a backdoor cold front sweeping through the region.
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Many areas saw temperatures in the 80s and 90s the last few days, but temperatures in eastern New England plunged as the front moved through on Tuesday morning.
In fact, the National Weather Service said Boston went from a temperature of 82 degrees on Tuesday morning to 63 degrees in only 10 minutes as the backdoor cold front pushed through.
WHAT IS A BACKDOOR COLD FRONT?
So, what is a backdoor cold front?
Most cold fronts track in a general west-to-east direction across the United States, but sometimes they can move in the opposite direction and follow an east-to-west or northeast-to-southwest path.
That is a backdoor cold front.
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You can clearly see where that backdoor cold front will be pushing through on Wednesday by checking out the map above.
Temperatures in the interior Northeast and New England will be much cooler than the high temperatures expected across the mid-Atlantic and eastern United States.
Bangor, Maine, will see a high temperature of around 70 degrees, while farther south in Boston, temperatures will only make it to about 61 degrees.
Burlington, Vermont, will see a high temperature of about 65 degrees, with those cooler temperatures also being felt across parts of northern New England.
Albany, New York, and New York City will see a high temperature of about 71 degrees.
But, in places where the backdoor cold front hasn’t moved through, the summer scorcher will continue.
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Temperature changes over the last 24 hours are pretty impressive.
Boston is 20 degrees cooler than it was on Tuesday, with other parts of New England, like Portland, Maine, seeing dramatic drops.
Hartford, Connecticut, was in the 90s on Tuesday and will be about 11 degrees colder on Wednesday.
Take a look at the high temperatures across the eastern half of the country on Wednesday.
You can see the Northeast and New England is much cooler than other areas of the country.
Washington will see a high temperature of about 94 degrees today, with Raleigh, North Carolina, a bit warmer with a high temperature of about 95 degrees.
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Those warm temperatures extend to the southwest in Atlanta, where the city will see temperatures around 90 degrees today.
The Tennessee and Mississippi valleys will also see hot temperatures today, with Memphis coming in with a high temperature of 91 degrees.
Dallas is also getting in on the action, with a high temperature of 92 degrees.