By Stacey Leasca
August 22, 2019
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Much of the United States suffered through severe weather warnings over the last few weeks, including excessive heat that enveloped much of the nation. But, this weekend, part of the country will experience a bit of a reprieve with some delightfully crisp early fall weather.

According to CNN, most of the Mid-Atlantic will see a cooldown on Friday with Washington, D.C. hitting 77 degrees, New York City at 78, and Philadelphia at 78 as well. Though that may not seem like frosty morning, Pumpkin Spice Latte weather, these average temperatures, CNN reported, don’t typically appear until at least the middle to end of September.

However, this pleasant weather may not last long. According to Accuweather’s fall forecast, warm weather is expected to continue in both the mid-Atlantic and Northeast for the foreseeable future.

Other parts of the nation will also likely see high temperatures, the weather service reported. It noted that residents in the southeast could see more tropical storms, while both Central and Southern California could heat up thanks to the Santa Ana winds. Those winds could bring additional wildfire threats as well.

The increased temperatures may have one major negative side effect — a delayed fall foliage season. “There are probably going to be people at the beaches for a longer duration this year compared to other years,” AccuWeather expert long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok said. But, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any fall foliage displays. It just means they will shift. As Pastelok explained, “Barring any major wind events, the best displays are going to end up being in the mid-Atlantic states, shifting over to the Ohio Valley and a little bit in the Northeast as well.”

Don’t worry though, the heat won’t last forever. Pastelok explained there will be a cooldown by October, which could even bring a significant amount of snow with it.

“I think the highest elevations of the Northeast will have the best chances for autumn snow as we get into mid-season,” he said, “but I think we’re going to be waiting a long time for significant snow that’s going to stick.”