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A brief respite from the heat

On Tuesday night, Boston recorded its 2nd warmest low temperature on record — 81 °F (27 °C), but relief is coming. Thursday begins a brief cooldown from the oppressive, dangerous heat of the past couple days. As a cold front surges through the region, isolated thunderstorms could form during the afternoon before temperatures drop significantly overnight. On Friday, temperatures will struggle to rise out of the low 70s °F as much less humid and more comfortable air overspreads the Northeast. The respite will be short-lived, however, as high heat and humidity will return by Sunday and likely last well into next week. These waves of excessive heat are driven by high pressure building over the Western Atlantic ocean and Eastern U.S. — a pattern that shows no signs of breaking anytime soon. Elsewhere, the quiet tropical Atlantic could begin to pick up over the next week as conditions become favorable for tropical waves moving off of Africa. Hopefully, we can avoid a repeat of last year’s disastrous hurricane season.

Extended forecast: 
Today: Partly Cloudy. A chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. High around 88 °F (31 °C). Winds NW at 5-10 mph.
Tonight: Partly Cloudy. Low around 67 °F (19 °C). Winds NE at around 10 mph.
Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy. High around 73 °F (23 °C). Low around 65 °F (18 °C). Winds NE at around 10 mph.
Saturday: Mostly Sunny. High around 75 °F (24 °C). Low around 68 °F (20 °C). 
Sunday: Mostly Sunny. High around 85 °F (29 °C).