Forecast: Back to the 90s Today; Pop-Up Storm?
Stagnant, summery pattern stays in place
Today: Partly to mostly sunny. 30% chance of a p.m. storm. 89-92. | Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy. Isolated shower or storm? 70-75. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. 60% chance of showers/storms. 84-88. | A Look Ahead
FORECAST IN DETAIL
After only making the upper 80s yesterday, temperatures are poised to return to the 90s today. Combine that with the continued high humidity and we have a fairly uncomfortable day with afternoon heat indices peaking in the low-to-mid 90s. Fairly typical, though, for late July. Shower and thunderstorm chances trend higher tomorrow and linger through the weekend as warm and humid air sticks around.
Today (Tuesday): Partly to mostly sunny skies should allow temperatures to surge well into the 80s by lunchtime, and eventually to afternoon highs in the low 90s, with light winds from the south/southwest at 5-10 mph. Like yesterday, we could see a few lonely thunderstorms pop up during the afternoon and evening. Chances that you'll see one look to be about 30%. Confidence: Medium
Tonight: An isolated shower or storm is possible. But otherwise, partly cloudy skies are expected during the evening with partly to mostly cloudy skies overnight. Lows in the low-to-mid 70s along with more of those light winds from the south/southwest. Confidence: Medium-High
Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...
Tomorrow (Wednesday): The forecast gets trickier as an area of low pressure is expected to track near the area. The exact path of the heaviest precipitation is not yet clear. But overall, shower and thunderstorm chances should be higher than today -- around 60%, mainly from early afternoon into evening. Mostly cloudy skies will likely keep highs to the mid-to-upper 80s. Confidence: Low-Medium
Tomorrow Night: Mostly cloudy skies with a continued shower and thunderstorm risk (40% chance), especially before midnight. Lows in the low 70s. Confidence: Low-Medium
Thursday and Friday should see more of the same with humidity on the high side, partly cloudy skies, and a running threat of afternoon/evening showers and thunderstorms (40% chance). Highs should range from the upper 80s to around 90, with Thursday and Friday night lows in the upper 60s (outer suburbs) to near 75 (downtown). Confidence: Low-Medium
Don't look to the weekend for much change as partly cloudy skies and high humidity hang around. Highs should range through the upper 80s with lows in the low-to-mid 70s. For now, I'll call for a 40% chance of showers/storms each day. But we'll try to get a better handle on the details as the weekend pulls closer. Confidence: Low-Medium
New indications suggest a stronger cold front will reach the area early next week that could offer a respite from the recent heat and humidity.
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