Forecast: Another sizzler, then down to simmer
Best chance of t'storms is Thursday & Friday
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Today: Mostly to partly sunny, hot & humid. 20% chance of p.m. storm. 93-98. | Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy. Small chance of evening storm. Mid-70s. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy, very humid. 50-60% chance of showers/storms. Near 90. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Let's start with some good news for those of you looking for any sign of a light at the end of the tunnel that is this sweaty, hot summer of 2010: On Monday, our average high dropped a degree to 87, and falls to 86 starting this coming Monday (it had been at 88 July 28-Aug. 8, and at the annual high mark of 89 July 16-27). The bad news? Mother Nature has shown a blatant disregard for averages this year, and continues to do so today with highs well into the 90s again. Fortunately, temperatures do trend closer to average tomorrow through the weekend.
Today (Wednesday): A north/northwesterly component to the light winds and the potential for more afternoon clouds than yesterday aren't enough to make a major dent in the heat. We should still manage enough sun -- a mostly sunny morning and partly sunny afternoon -- to lift highs to at least the mid-90s with moderate to high humidity. Just a 20% chance of a late-afternoon/evening shower or storm. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: That small chance of a shower or storm sticks around through evening. Clouds increase through the night as winds shift to come from the east off the ocean. The cloud cover should trap enough heat to keep most spots from dropping below the mid-70s for lows. Confidence: Medium-High
Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...
Tomorrow (Thursday): A cold front pushing into the area from the northeast puts an end to our latest stretch of well-above-average heat. Instead, it's merely near-average heat -- highs near 90 -- with partly to mostly cloudy skies. A light breeze from the east/southeast raises humidity to the high range. A few morning showers are possible, with scattered showers/t'storms a threat (50-60% chance) for the afternoon and evening. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow Night: Shower/storm chances persist through evening at about 50-60%, then diminish some overnight. Humidity stays sky high as lows dip mainly to the low-to-mid 70s. Confidence: Medium
A similar pattern holds for Friday, when temperatures should be even a few degrees cooler than Thursday. We stay humid with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. And partly to mostly cloudy skies may yield a repeat performance of isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms, with around a 40% chance you'll get wet where you are. Rain chances probably go down Friday night. Confidence: Medium
The weekend is shaping up to be a pretty typical one for August. That means no mid-90s to near 100, but rather the more tolerable upper 80s to low 90s for highs, with morning lows in the low-to-mid 70s. It also means partly sunny skies, moderate to high humidity, and the chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorm each day. Confidence: Medium
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