Congratulations are due to Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks which, at 34 degrees, was the coldest spot in the lower 48 states yesterday morning. Their morning low today was 38, which is 31 degrees cooler than we saw in Central Park. The high pressure system responsible for the cool, dry air is moving off the coast today and the resulting southerly breeze will allow the heat and humidity to build to nearly insufferable levels over the weekend. Before the excessive humidity returns we should have a very pleasant Friday with sunny skies and a high near 80.

A warm front will pass through the city tomorrow morning and with that passage we are looking at a mostly cloudy and humid Saturday. Tomorrow's high will range from the lower to mid 80s, depending on how often the sun gets to peek through the clouds. There is a good chance of scattered showers or thunderstorms starting late tonight until late Saturday night.

Sunday promises to be the hottest day of the year so far with a high in the lower 90s. Combine that with a dew point temperature in the lower 70s and it will feel a good 10-15 degrees warmer so do try to relax and stay out of the sun if possible. Look for the heat and humidity to continue well into next week as daily highs are expected to remain in the upper 80s to lower 90s through at least Wednesday. Saranac Lake should be a good 10-15 degrees cooler during that stretch. But you can't get decent Thai food up there at 10 o'clock on a Tuesday.