By Stacey Leasca
October 02, 2019
New York City
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America’s weather systems are getting wacky. While large areas of the Midwest experienced record snowfall earlier this week, it appears the East Coast will be sweating it out with record heat.

According to the National Weather Service, much of the eastern half of the United States will experience record temperatures on Wednesday and into Thursday. Things are getting so hot that schools are closing and officials are warning people to seek out shelter to find a bit of respite.

The heat, NBC reported, will continue throughout Wednesday. It added, much of the Mid-Atlantic will see temperatures 10 to 20 degrees above average. The north won’t be spared either as it will likely see temperatures soar into the 90s. In fact, things got so hot in Columbus, Ohio, that officials decided to cancel school for the day.

NWS NOAA Temperature Weather Map October 2, 2019
Credit: NOAA

Hundreds of "record highs will be in jeopardy for many areas," AccuWeather meteorologist Tyler Roys told USA Today. As the Weather Channel noted, cities that will likely see new record high temperatures on Wednesday include Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Tallahassee, Florida.

NBC 4 New York reported New York City will likely reach 90 degrees on Wednesday, an October record. It could beat the highest recorded fall temperature in Central Park set way back in 1927.

And heat isn’t the only thing people have to worry about. As NBC 4 also noted, there is a fast-moving front coming in just behind the heat, which could bring isolated thunderstorms to the New York area by late afternoon. The front will likely be a welcome change, as its expected to bring rainstorms on Thursday, which will cool down the city to a much more manageable 60 degrees.