Labor Day weekend heat is on across US in summer’s last hurrah before fall weather arrives

As the final weeks of summer approach, a high-pressure ridge forming over the central U.S. will result in a heat wave in parts of the northern central Plains and Upper Midwest that will last through the Labor Day Weekend holiday.

Those anticipating the arrival of fall's cool weather will have to wait a little longer.

The eastern half of the country is predicted to experience higher temperatures than average for the next several days. As Labor Day weekend continues, most Americans will be enduring the heat instead of enjoying one last summer barbeque.

It's thanks to a heat wave building across the central U.S. that will eventually impact over 210 million people, sending temperatures soaring into the 90s and 100s, with little overnight relief expected through Monday.

A heat wave is hitting the central U.S. with no respite until Tuesday.
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The ongoing heat wave is building across parts of the northern and central Plains and Upper Midwest, where a budding high-pressure ridge will continue scorching temperatures. 


The FOX Forecast Center said dozens of locations may break daily records for both daytime highs and warm overnight lows. Some locations could approach their all-time hottest September records.

Record highs are expected by Labor Day for places like New York and Richmond as temperatures soar into the 90s.


Although humidity levels are not expected to be oppressive, the relatively dry soils and clear skies could allow for daytime highs to increase to near 100 degrees throughout Virginia, Delaware and Maryland.

On Tuesday, a cold front will move through the region and should end the heat across the north-central United States. 

The heat wave can be dangerous for people who don't have adequate cooling and hydration. Experts are advising everyone to be cautious and take necessary precautions, especially if they plan to spend time outdoors over the holiday weekend or participate in early school year activities.

Those hoping for the cool days of fall will have to wait a bit longer as above-average temperatures are expected to persist across the eastern half of the country for at least the next 10 days.

If you're looking to dodge the heat, head to the West Coast, which will escape the heat this weekend due to a trough of low pressure. High temperatures will be 5 to 15 degrees below average across the West, including Los Angeles which will be around 10 degrees below average for much of the weekend. 

Beachgoers beware: Southeast beaches could see life-threatening surf, rip currents

If you're heading to the East Coast beaches to beat the heat, be aware of possibly dangerous ocean conditions. Swells generated by remnants from Post-Tropical Cyclone Idalia will affect the southeastern U.S. coast during the next couple of days as the storm swirls off the coast and approaches Bermuda over the weekend, the National Hurricane Center said.

These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.


To help with the start to your week, let's take a closer look at each day:

Monday (Labor Day)

On Labor Day, the mid-Atlantic region will also be hot. Millions of people are expected to feel record-breaking temperatures on that day too.
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If you're looking to dodge the heat, head to the West Coast.
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If you're looking to dodge the heat, head to the West Coast.
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