Forecast: Heat sets stage for p.m. t'storms
Thunderstorms possible each weekend day
Today: Partly sunny & humid. 50-60% chance of p.m. showers & storms. Near 90. | Tonight: Scattered evening storms, then muggy. Upper 60s to low 70s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny & humid. 30% chance of p.m. storms. Upper 80s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
FORECAST IN DETAIL
By David Streit, CWG Meteorologist
The next few days see typical afternoon and evening thundershowers pop up as we have a good moisture feed from the Gulf of Mexico and just enough of a jet stream overhead to cause instability. Fortunately, it looks like the severe storm potential -- while a possibility today and tomorrow -- is mostly isolated. Temperatures run nearly 10 degrees above normal every day. We finally get a nice break in the sticky weather just in time to go back to work on Monday!
Today (Thursday): The day should start off mostly sunny and temperatures steadily climb from the 70s to 80s. Light winds give little cooling relief. Clouds bubble up by midday. An area of strong to severe storms (slight risk of severe, according to Storm Prediction Center) should move through the area late afternoon (50-60% chance) with some gusty winds and heavy downpours to threaten the evening commute. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: Additional thundershowers (40-50% probability) are possible in the early evening tapering off to scattered showers. Calm winds and readings falling quickly back to the 70s are comfortable. Confidence: Medium-High
Keep reading for the forecast through Monday....
Tomorrow (Friday): Early morning clouds scoot away quickly and lead to a fairly sunny day. Temperatures mount another quick ascent, peaking in the mid-afternoon in the upper 80s to low 90s. This should be enough to set off some more late afternoon thundershowers but more isolated and less intense. Rains should cover about 30% of the region. Winds remain non-existent. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow Night: Skies clear early and evening temperatures moderate to the upper 70s to low 80s, accommodating outdoor diners. Overnight lows manage the upper 60s to low 70s. Confidence: Medium-High
Saturday could end up being the hottest day of the weekend with mostly sunny skies until late afternoon. The result is upper 80s to low 90s for highs. Light breezes and moderate humidity keep the sweat factor high. Isolated thundershowers pop up near sunset with 30% coverage of the area. The one benefit of the showers -- for those who experience them -- is a faster cool down to the 70s in the evening. Confidence: Medium
Sunday starts up with a fresh wind for a change and temperatures in the 70s under mostly cloudy skies. Thundershowers are possible as early as mid-morning as a weak but insistent cold front pushes through by midday. The showers should push to the south and east by mid-afternoon. Rain chances are 60% from the front. Highs top out mainly in the low 80s in most areas. Clearing skies and drier air moving in by evening make a very pleasant end to the weekend. Confidence: Low-Medium
Monday makes us long for another long weekend! Morning readings in the 60s rise gently to the 70s. Sunny skies, light breezes and lower humidity feels dandy. Highs reach a seasonable peak in the low 80s. Confidence: Medium
| June 3, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
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