July in June. That's what Granite Staters can expect this weekend, with highs expected to reach 97 degrees in Concord Friday and close to 94 degrees Saturday.
"It is going to be definitely a mid-July type scenario," said Eric Sinsabaugh, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.
There will not be much of a breeze Saturday, with what wind there is coming from the west. "So that is going to generate some fairly decent daytime highs," he said.
All of southern New Hampshire, except maybe right along the coast, should see temperatures in the low to mid-90s on Saturday, with some scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
"Some of those could be a little feisty with all that available energy. We could see some rather decent thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon and evening," Sinsabaugh said. "But it is definitely not a rain-out by any stretch."
But it will be enough to add even more humidity to the air, which could add to the strength of storms expected on Sunday ahead of a cold front moving in.
By late in the day on Sunday, he said the state could be looking at a very strong line of showers and thunderstorms coming through and lasting into Monday.
"The stage is definitely being set for quite a strong front pushing our way on Sunday. It is definitely going to put the risk of severe weather up over the Northeast," Sinsabaugh said.
Sunday's temperatures will be a little cooler, ranging from the mid-80s to near 90 degrees, but still humid, with some mid- to high-level clouds moving in.
Around noon, Sinsabaugh said the cumulus clouds will start to build and after that, it will not take long for storms to pop up.
By Monday afternoon the front should have moved out, taking the humidity and extreme heat with it, leaving behind more seasonable temperatures and sunshine for the rest of the week.
"Once that front pushes through, we are in the fairly nice air for the majority of the week, from what I can see," Sinsabaugh said.