Forecast: Storms today no match for last Sunday's
Seasonable weekend won't seem seasonable!
FORECAST IN DETAIL
By David Streit, CWG Meteorologist
The storms today should be fairly benign and they mark the leading edge of one of the driest air masses we have seen in a long time. The break in the heat and humidity make for a great first half of the weekend. Unfortunately, showers (not storms) should return on Sunday so get the outdoor activities in on Friday and Saturday. Below normal temperatures in July have been limited to the first 3 days of the month. Glad to say good bye to July!
Today (Thursday): The day is likely to start off mostly sunny and humid. The temperatures will make a quick run up through the 80s as a line of thundershowers approaches from the northwest from midday into the early afternoon. Highs should peak in the lower 90s just about then. The thundershowers (70% probability) will knock readings down to the upper 70s in much of the area. Look for a few wind gusts and brief heavy downpours but damage should be minimal. Best bet is that the skies will begin to clear by late afternoon. Confidence: Medium
Coverage: Scattered to widespread
Likely timing: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tonight: The breezes from the north this evening along with clearing skies are the first signs of drier, milder air starting its invasion. Evening temperatures should be in the upper 70s to lower 80s and slowly decline to the upper 60s to lower 70s overnight. Confidence: Medium
Keep reading for the forecast through Monday....
Tomorrow (Friday): Dawn comes bright and mild. Light winds from the north continue to steadily drop humidity and slow the rise of temperatures with upper 70s to lower 80s by lunchtime. Highs will be near normal for a change in the mid-to-upper 80s. Confidence: High
Tomorrow Night: Temperatures briskly fall through the 70s in the evening as dewpoints in the 50s are a real treat. There is no excuse to not go for an evening stroll! Lows end up in the 60s. Confidence: High
Saturday brings a picture perfect day with humidity still quite comfortable and seasonable temperatures on tap. However, clouds will start appearing from the south and steadily increase so that by evening a mostly cloudy ceiling will be in place. The clouds stop highs from going beyond the mid-80s by early afternoon. It is unlikely that any showers dampen evening activities but there is a 30% chance of raindrops by midnight. Confidence: Medium
Sunday is doomed to be a mostly cloudy day as moisture continues to stream up from the south, raising humidity levels and setting off scattered showers that become more pervasive by midday. Temperatures only edge up slowly from upper 60s to lower 80s. At least 70% of the region should get some decent rain out of this shower event. Confidence: Low-Medium
Monday gets off to a cloudy and humid start. Most of the showers should have pushed eastward to the beaches but a morning sprinkle can't be ruled out. Skies should begin to break by midday allowing highs to get up to seasonable levels in the mid-80s. Confidence: Low-Medium
| July 29, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
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