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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 08/ 4/2009

Forecast: Heat Inches Up; Storms Sneak Back

By Matt Rogers

Heat builds today with storms returning tomorrow.

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Today: Mostly sunny skies. 87-92. | Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy. 70-75. | Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of p.m. showers/storms. 88-93. | A Look Ahead


Monday was a relatively pleasant reprieve from recent heat and high humidity levels. Most areas saw high temperatures that were slightly cooler than normal in the mid-to-upper 80s. But it is still August, and we have more heat on the way. Heat and humidity will be pumping into the area today and tomorrow ahead of another cold front. We'll be aiming to break 90 in many areas today with humidity slowly increasing. Look for more thunderstorms tomorrow and maybe lingering into Thursday.

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Today (Tuesday): Sunshine should dominate today as winds shift and start arriving from the warmer south direction. High temperatures will range from the upper 80s to low 90s mostly. Humidity will be higher than yesterday, but not as oppressive as last weekend...yet. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Partly cloudy skies and increasing humidity again. Look for lows to mainly hold in the low-to-mid 70s, but some outlying areas could still sneak down into the 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Wednesday): A cold front will be approaching the area, offering even higher humidity ahead of it with more clouds and the chance for afternoon and evening thunderstorms (40%). Highs should again range in the upper 80s to low 90s, but higher humidity levels will make it feel more uncomfortable than today. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Partly to mostly cloudy skies with more opportunities for thunderstorms, especially before midnight (40% chance again). Winds should shift to arrive from a cooler northerly direction. Lows should range from the upper 60s to low 70s. Confidence: Medium


Thursday could actually see some morning showers and thunderstorms if the cold front lingers around the area a bit longer. This could also delay the clearing-out process with more clouds than sun. There is even a chance for an afternoon shower or storms (30% all day). Highs should be in the 80s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Friday should begin to allow for a bit more sunshine, lower humidity, and more comfortable temperatures (low-to-mid 80s). There is a chance for a widely scattered shower or storm (20%) still lingering in the background. But comparatively, Friday should compete with yesterday for the most pleasant day of the week! Confidence: Low-Medium

The weekend is looking very, very tricky right now. We are faced with the potential of a warm front lifting through the area both on Saturday and Sunday. Right away, that means at least a daily 30% or more chance of thunderstorms. Saturday has the best chance of being less hot (80s for highs), but still with partly cloudy skies. Sunday could hold the line with more 80s (my bet) or we could begin surging into the lower 90s as the warm front surges northeast toward New England. Confidence: Low

Once the warm front breaks through, we could see some of the hottest weather of the summer briefly early next week. There is a chance right now of seeing middle to even upper 90s around the area before another cold front breaks through by Tuesday or Wednesday.

By Matt Rogers  | August 4, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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Sounds like it is tricky. Channel 4 this morning said there will be a heat wave this weekend and the Weather Channel says mid 80's with thunderstorms instead.

Posted by: kridgely | August 4, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Yes, tricky indeed, although Monday is looking very hot around here- could be our hottest day of the summer based on the latest trends/thinking. Middle 90s or more? Hopefully, we'll get more insight soon. -Matt

Posted by: MattRogers | August 4, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Any thoughts on Ocean City weather today through the weekend? We're heading up after work this evening and wondering if the storms will affect us... Thanks!

Posted by: cassann981 | August 4, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Matt! Always nice to see my favorite meteorologist. :)

San Diego has been rather hot and humid, too...some beautiful thunderstorms over the mountains yesterday.

Posted by: mdt2 | August 4, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse


Weather looks good at the beaches through the weekend...most days dry except decent chance of storms Wednesday... temps mainly in the 80s to near 90.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | August 4, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

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