Heat dome bakes Northeast through weekend with storms providing some relief

The sweltering heat wave has been sending temperatures soaring into the 90s across the eastern half of the U.S. all week, including areas of the Midwest, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic, Northeast and New England.

People across the Northeast have been forced to devise creative ways to beat the heat as the region continues to endure the first brutal heat wave of the summer. However, the possibility of thunderstorms this weekend could bring relief to parts of the region.

The sweltering heat wave has been sending temperatures soaring into the 90s across the eastern half of the U.S. all week, including areas of the Midwest, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic, Northeast and New England.

It looks as though many areas will have to keep cool through at least the start of the new workweek.


Feels-like temperatures soar above 100 degrees across New England

If you’re among the millions of people who have been in the Northeast this week – you know it’s been rough.

Cooling centers, pools and splash pads have been opened across the region for residents and travelers to take some time to cool off and prevent heat-related health issues like heatstroke and heat exhaustion – which can turn deadly.

A Heat Emergency was declared in Boston, and Boston University opened cooling stations for students to escape the heat.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said he activated the state’s Extreme Hot Weather Protocol and opened locations for people to stay cool.

Cooling centers were also opened up across New York City, and the city of Philadelphia opened up pools.


Due to the excessive heat, some trains across the Northeast are operating at lower speeds. 

Amtrack Northeast said some trains may need to operate at lower speeds through Friday. On Thursday, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) said metrorail temperatures above 135 degrees meant above-ground speeds were restricted to 35 mph. 

The feels-like temperatures across the region will be in the mid-to upper 90s, but many areas of New England will be well above 100 degrees.

Summertime in New England can be hot – but the region isn't accustomed to temperatures this hot for this long. Many buildings don't even have air conditioning.

Drink plenty of fluids, try to stay cool and check on pets and neighbors to make sure everyone stays safe.


This graphic shows active heat alerts.
(FOX Weather)


Heat alerts were issued several days ago and remain in effect from the Midwest to parts of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic through at least Saturday.

The National Weather Service office in Caribou, Maine, issued its first-ever Excessive Heat Warning. On Thursday, the NWS said Caribou hit its all-time record-high heat index of 103 degrees.


The broiling heat will continue across the region through at least the end of the weekend, but some places may be able to enjoy a brief "cooldown."

We’re talking to you, New England.

Boston is expected to dip to 80 degrees on Friday and "only" 75 degrees on Saturday before an increase in the heat on Sunday.

And we know you’ve been through a lot, Caribou. So, here’s some good news.

Your forecast high temperature on Friday is expected to be around 78 degrees, then about 80 on Saturday. However, on Sunday, you’ll dip back to the mid-60s.

Washington, though, will stay very hot.

Our nation’s capital is forecast to see a high temperature of 95 degrees on Friday and could hit 100 degrees on both Saturday and Sunday.

Storms cause some problems in New England

Strong to severe thunderstorms moved across New England on Thursday, helping to bring some relief to the extreme heat. However, they did cause some problems along the way.

Fans who had gathered at Fenway Park in Boston for Lana Del Ray concert were told to leave the field seating and seek shelter inside the stadium as storms tore across the city Thursday night.

Hail the size of ping-pong-balls were reported in parts of Vermont and New Hampshire. Some damage to trees and power lines was also reported.

More thunderstorms are possible across the region Friday. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has much of New England inside a Level 1 severe weather threat.  

Three-hour radar loop. Warning boxes are color coded as: Severe Thunderstorm Warnings in yellow, Tornado Warnings in red, Tornado Warnings with a confirmed tornado in purple, Flash Flood Warnings in green and Flash Flood Emergencies in pink.
(FOX Weather)