BOSTON - Wednesday night’s rain was a welcome relief for those in the Boston area, taking with it the heavy humidity that had blanketed the area for the earlier part of the week. And while temperatures yesterday and into this morning are pleasantly and unseasonably cool, the break is looking like it will be short-lived, and the New England region is, along with the rest of the country, gearing up to face its biggest heat wave so far this year, with temperatures climbing into the triple digits.

In addition to New England, the entire east coast is expected to feel the heat this weekend, as well. The Midwest, especially Missouri, is also preparing for immense temperatures that could break records in many regions. With this, roughly two thirds of the entire continental United States is slated to be sweltering over the course of today, Saturday, and Sunday.

For Massachusetts, specifically, all of the flash flood warnings and cool temperatures from earlier in the week will be a distant memory once the heat sets in. After a high of 75 degrees yesterday in Boston, the city is now projected to have its first instance of three consecutive days of  90 degree weather. The hottest projected day is Saturday, with a high of 99 degrees. If this forecast is accurate, there's a solid chance of Saturday's temperatures breaking the previous record for highest temperature in July, which was set back in 1991 at 99 degrees.

As for surrounding cities, well, records were made to be toppled. Worcester is expected to easily surpass their own record for July heat, which also rests at 99 degrees and dates back to 1901. In addition to the scorching hot record temperatures, humidity and mugginess is expected to prevalent, which could result in a number of heat advisories and warnings levied across the state. I'm no meteorologist, but I would definitely urge people to soak in as much air conditioning and drink as much water as possible over the next couple of days, because it is going to be brutal.