Forecast: A Hot, Steamy Work Week
Storm chances return mid-week...
Today: Mostly sunny and hot. 91-95 | Tonight: Partly cloudy, 67-72.| Tomorrow: Partly sunny, 20% chance of t'storms late. 90-94. | A Look Ahead
FORECAST IN DETAIL
"After taking most of the summer...a summertime pattern has finally been established across the forecast area." Such true words were written in the National Weather Service forecast discussion yesterday evening. For the next five days, the heat will be on, with afternoon highs around 90 or even a little higher. Humidity levels will also be up there, starting the week in the moderate range, but gradually becoming more uncomfortable mid-week when chances increase for some needed rain. Drier and cooler weather should return but perhaps not until the second half of the weekend.
Today (Monday): A breeze from the south along with strong sunshine will give us hot temperatures. Highs will climb into the low 90s (possibly mid-90s in a few spots). Humidity levels -- which will be sticky but not as bad as they can be (or will be in the coming days) -- will make it feel like the mid-90s at times. Confidence: High
Tonight: Partly cloudy and warm, with lows from the upper 60s in the cooler suburbs to the low 70s downtown. Confidence: High
Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend....
Tomorrow (Tuesday): It will be a day just like today, but with a few more clouds (especially in the afternoon) and a tad more humidity. The bottom line is that highs may be a couple degrees cooler but most won't notice the difference with the elevated humidity. By late afternoon, there's a 20% chance a thunderstorm will cool us down a little. Winds will continue from the south, at 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow Night: A few storms are possible (25% chance), mainly before midnight. Otherwise, it will be partly cloudy and muggy, with lows 69-74 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High
A weak cold front approaches the region Wednesday which will end up stalling just to our north Thursday and washing out over the region. So the very warm, muggy air will stay in place with highs near 90 and overnight lows 70-75. The front's proximity will result in considerable cloud cover and may trigger scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms (40% chance) both days. It's also possible some of the moisture from Claudette works its way into the region (if this happens it will be more cloudy and wet, and not as hot). Confidence: Medium
A stronger cold front will move towards the region either late Friday or early Saturday. But before it passes, Friday promises to be another sultry day, with highs near 90. Thunderstorms are a possibility (30% chance) late Friday and Friday night, when lows will be around 70. Confidence: Medium
The cooler, drier air may start arriving Saturday or hold off a day if the front slows down. So we'll keep a 20% chance of thunderstorms in the forecast Saturday afternoon with highs 85-90. Overnight, less humid air will likely be working its way into the region, with lows 60-65 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Low-Medium
The most comfortable weather of the week may arrive Sunday. Pleasantly dry high pressure may build in from the northwest. The result could be a lovely afternoon, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s and low humidity. Let's keep our fingers crossed. Confidence: Low-Medium
| August 17, 2009; 5:00 AM ET
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