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Northeast Heat Wave: The End Is In Sight As Cold Front Brings Storms This Weekend

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Roofer Juan Belis works in the midday heart atop a building, Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in Philadelphia. An excessive heat warning is in effect in Philadelphia and surrounding counties as temperatures are expected to reach into the 90s. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Roofer Juan Belis works in the midday heart atop a building, Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in Philadelphia. An excessive heat warning is in effect in Philadelphia and surrounding counties as temperatures are expected to reach into the 90s. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The end of the heat wave that's been stifling the Northeast and Ohio Valley this week is finally in sight.

The Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and parts of the Northeast can expect relief sometime Saturday, thanks to a cold front pushing through the region that may bring severe thunderstorms, according to Weather.com. The rest of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic (including Boston, New York, and D.C.) can expect things to cool down on Sunday.

The storms poised to end the heat wave may bring their own downsides, however. Some areas may experience power outages, damaging winds and flash flooding, according to AccuWeather.com.

Over the past week, temperatures remained in the 90s in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia, according to Weather.com, and Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee all marked their hottest days so far this summer.

New York's power grid broke its 2006 record for peak power usage as people across the state cranked up the A.C., reaching a usage of 33,955 megawatts on Friday, according to Reuters.

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