Fall is finally on its way as temperatures are expected to drop across the Northeast following several days of record-breaking heat while stormy weather moves across the Midwest going into the weekend.
A heat advisory remains in effect on the third day of autumn Thursday amid sweltering temperatures in the upper 90s reported in New York City, Boston, Providence and other areas of New England.
Forecasters have said the heat wave should let up beginning Friday, with the mercury continuing to drop through Saturday, with some areas seeing decreases of up to 30 degrees.
However, temperatures are expected to climb back up to the high 80s going into next week.
Fall is finally on its way as temperatures are expected to drop across the Northeast following several days of record-breaking heat. The graphic above shows the forecast through Monday
Cities in New England could see drops of up to 30 degrees between Thursday and Friday
Meanwhile another round of thunderstorms is moving in on the Midwest, which has been pelted with wet and windy weather for the past week
To the west, a new storm is predicted to hit the heartland Thursday afternoon, moving from the Great Plains to the Great Lakes.
The storm system could bring up to three inches of rain to the region, causing concern particularly in southern Wisconsin, which is already experiencing extensive flooding as of Thursday morning.
Earlier this week back-to-back thunderstorms tore across the Midwest, with the most severe weather triggering tornadoes from central Wisconsin through eastern Iowa.
The Iowa City Airport measured winds up to 83mph on Tuesday.
More than 100,000 people in Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa were left without electricity on Tuesday evening as a result of downed power lines.
One person was injured near Thornton, Iowa, after a tractor trailer toppled on Interstate 35.
Large portions of southern Wisconsin are underwater following days of wet weather as forecasters warn that up to three inches of rain could hit the region over the weekend. Pictured: Floodwaters in Coon Valley, Wisconsin, on Tuesday
Coon Valley resident Dave Phillips cleans out his flood-damaged business on Wednesday
While the Midwest weathered storms and showers, about 70 million Americans across 11 states were placed under heat watches, advisories, or warnings, spanning from Arkansas to Maine, through Wednesday.
Triple-digit temperatures were made even worse by humidity, which raised the risk of heat-related illnesses particularly in vulnerable populations such as the elderly.
Thankfully the heat wave is expected to have been the final one of the record-breaking summer.
Sweltering heat has been reported across swaths of the US throughout the first week of fall
The sun beats down on a man lounging on the Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon amidst a heat advisory across 11 states