Forecast: Summertime swelter, storm risk tonight
Today: Hot and humid, 20% t'storms late. 87-92. | Tonight: 40-50% chance of showers/t'storms, sticky. Near 70. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy. 60% chance of showers/t'storms. Low 80s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
FORECAST IN DETAIL
For the second week in a row, severe weather threatens our region to finish out the weekend. Most of today will stay "dry" but with the heat and humidity, you probably won't. Near-record temperatures play the opening act for some possible storms late but mainly after dark. Sporadic shower and t'storm chances remain in the forecast through at least tomorrow.
Today (Sunday): Think yesterday, but stickier. While temperatures will be comparable -- highs in the upper 80s to near 90 -- our dew points will be some 10 degrees higher, in the upper 60s to near 70. There's a slight (20%) chance a few thunderstorms could develop late in the day. I don't expect them to be many, but with good instability, any that develop could become severe, so keep an eye on the sky. Winds will be breezy from the southwest at 10-15 mph. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: Shower and thunderstorm chances increase to 40-50% for the evening and overnight. The potential intensity of any storms may drop slightly through the night, but storms that develop could still pack a punch. The Storm Prediction Center indicates a slight risk of severe t'storms, with damaging wind the main threat. Outside any storms, we should be mostly cloudy and continued sticky, with lows only in the low 70s to near 70. Winds continue from the southwest at 5-15 mph. Confidence: Medium-High
When will we break into the clear again? Keep reading for the forecast through midweek....
Tomorrow (Monday): Doesn't look like an all-day soaker. But a slowly approaching cold front means a 50-60% chance of showers and t'storms. The timing of any showers and storms is difficult to pin down, but right now the morning into the early afternoon seems most likely. We'll again feel quite juicy though temperatures should be cooler -- highs in the low 80s -- with partly to mostly cloudy skies. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow Night: Once the cold front pushes through, our rain threat quickly diminishes and winds from the northwest usher in drier, more comfortable air, much to everyone's relief. Overnight lows won't be exactly brisk, but the upper 50s and low 60s is definitely an improvement. Confidence: Medium-High
Tuesday doesn't completely erase our chances for rain. Though the chance of mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms -- courtesy a fast-moving disturbance swinging by to the north -- comes down to around 20-30%. The majority of the day should be fairly nice, with partly sunny skies and highs near 80. Overnight sees skies clearing and lows in the mid-50s. Confidence: Medium-High
Wednesday we're in the clear. Skies clear out and I expect the "nice day" sun to get some work in. Mostly sunny skies and highs near 80 make for quite a nice spring day. Confidence: Medium-High
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