A boy walks through a waterfall on July 2016 while playing in the water at The Yards Park in Washington, DC
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The Northeast is predicted to experience a heat wave that could last through July 4th.

Beginning this weekend, northeasterners should prepare for their first shock of multi-day summer weather. Hot and humid weather is expected to arrive on Friday, with highs forecast to be in the mid-90s.

A heat wave in the northern part of the country is defined as three or more days straight of temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

This weather pattern “could bring the hottest early July weather for such a broad area of the Northeast since 2012,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan Duffey.

Humidity is expected to increase in the middle of next week with spots of thunderstorms throughout the northeast. Storms will begin above the Great Lakes region early next week and then could move across the I-95 corridor (D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston) for July 4th.

The heat wave is an excellent excuse to plan a trip to the beach. Early next week, the coolest weather will be found along the Atlantic coast from Virginia to Maine. Relief could be found in the ocean with water temperatures near 60 along the southern coast of Maine and increasing to near-80 at the Virginia capes.

Residents in the northeast should exercise caution when outdoors and remember to drink plenty of water, particularly if celebrating July 4th with alcohol. Early mornings, evenings and nights are the best times to do any work outdoors, if necessary.