PM Update: July Heat Returns, Humidity to Follow
Hot and muggy Thursday; morning showers?
After another cool and pleasant morning, typical July heat returned to the area today, but thankfully humidity levels remain modest for now. Highs are generally reaching the upper 80s to near 90 this afternoon under partly cloudy skies. We'll see just a few passing clouds through the evening, making way for a warm but nice one to spend outdoors.
Through Tonight: Look for evening temperatures falling to the low 80s around sunset and variably cloudy skies overnight. With dew points on the rise with a south wind, lows will hold in the upper 60s to lower 70s across the area.
Tomorrow (Thursday): There's a risk of some early-morning isolated to scattered showers, and an isolated shower or storm thereafter. But overall, rain chances look rather hit-or-miss. After waking up to partly to mostly cloudy skies, partly sunny conditions are expected along with "climatologically correct" levels of heat and humidity (i.e., kind of sultry). Many spots should make a run at 90, and given enough sun, we could all rise into the low 90s.
Noctilucent Clouds: Over the past few days numerous reports of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) have been popping up throughout the Northern Hemisphere, including unusually far south here in the United States. NLCs are the highest clouds in the atmosphere and composed of tiny ice crystals. Best viewed after twilight, when the sun is below the horizon and lights them up, they typically occur north of 50 degrees latitude. Though very rare, some believe the greenhouse gases behind climate change may be making them more common.
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