The Polar Vortex is back with a vengeance — in the middle of July!
"Call it the ghost of the polar vortex, the polar vortex sequel, or the polar vortex’s revenge," The Washington Post reported
Thursday. "However you choose to refer to the looming weather pattern, unseasonably chilly air is headed for parts of the northern and northeastern U.S at the height of summer early next week."
Meteorologists forecast that one of the cold-air troughs that swirl around the article circle will once again dip down toward the Great Lakes, then slip eastward toward New York and Boston.
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According to Mashable.com, temperatures are expected to plunge 20 to 30 degrees from their normal averages for this part of the year. That means a 60-degree high for Minnesota starting Monday, with nighttime temperatures dipping into the 40s.
"Filaments of the bottom section of the polar vortex, near the jet stream level, routinely extend into the mid-latitudes, often giving us our coldest outbreaks in winter and anomalously cold air in the summer," explained Dr. Greg Postel at The Weather Channel
"This is what we're seeing now, and what we frequently see in the winter."
As the storm moves east, Washington D.C. can expect highs under 80 degrees by Tuesday and Wednesday, with lows in the 50s.
There's a good chance the anomalous weather will break seasonal records, especially near the Great Lakes, whose ice floes took record time to melt after the long, bitter winter.
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