Big cities on east coast expected to experience extreme weather conditions Saturday – NewsRadio 560 KPQ

Severe storms continue to form along a cold front that currently runs through the center of the United States. From Utah to Ohio, there have been at least 130 severe weather reports to date from this system.

Some of these reports included up to a baseball size hail Friday in Colorado and several gusts of over 70 mph in Illinois and Indiana.

The radar shows two main groups of storms associated with this storm system on Saturday morning. One is in the central plains and another is moving rapidly to the northeast. Storms moving through the central plains resulted in gusts of wind reaching 80 mph in northern Missouri and 3 to 6 inches of rain in central Kansas.

Storms will enter the northeastern United States quickly on Saturday morning, with gusty winds and heavy rain moving to New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Some of the storms will likely remain strong as the head heads for New England, then another set of storms will set off and move to parts of metropolitan Philadelphia and New York on Saturday afternoon where damaging winds are expected , a large hail and brief tornadoes may be possible.

The action will move south to the Carolinas and Virginias on Sunday, where damaging winds, brief tornadoes and heavy hail will also be possible.

Meanwhile in the west, a change in model will bring the next set of fire hazards to the region. Temperatures have been cooling since their peak this week, but the temperature change is also causing dry, gusty winds. There is a large area from California to Colorado under some type of fire weather alert over the next few days.

In Florida, the heat index will reach above 100 degrees in much of the state again this weekend. It comes after Tampa hit 99 degrees on Friday, which equaled the all-time record, the last record on June 5, 1985.

Saharan dust has moved to the eastern United States and is causing air quality problems in some regions, including New Orleans, Birmingham, Alabama and Louisville, Kentucky.

For most Americans, the only noticeable impact of Saharan dust will be scenic sunsets and sunrises as well as fog. For most meteorologists, the most notable impact of Saharan dust is the complete cessation of the tropical season temporarily. For people with sensitive respiratory problems, Saharan dust could worsen these existing health problems.

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