Forecast: Cloudy, cool August day
Upcoming weekend still looks fantastic!
updated at 10:45 a.m.
FORECAST IN DETAIL
So normally, today's cool, cloudy and damp-ish forecast would be described as gloomy. But this has not been a "normal" sort of summer, so today can alternatively be described as a welcome extension to the reprieve from the frequent painful bouts of strong summer heat we've seen. As Jason noted yesterday, today could be the first time since June 9 that we don't top 80 degrees. And as Martha Stewart would say, "that is a good thing." I was tempted to push the daily digit higher, but I realize there are readers who won't like the clouds and may be bothered by an occasional shower or sprinkle.
Today (Tuesday): An upper level disturbance delivers a persistent canopy of cloud cover today with the potential for a few showers or sprinkles. It looks like we have about a 30% chance of raindrops in the morning and then 50% for the afternoon. Any showers will mostly be on the light side, but could see an isolated heavier one with maybe even a rumble of thunder. Highs are forecast to be in the low-to-mid 70s (wow!) with breezy winds from the north and east at 10-15 mph. Confidence: Medium
Tonight: The clouds hold tight along with a 40% risk of additional showers. Lows are forecast to drop down into the middle 60s. Light winds should continue to filter down from the north. Confidence: Medium
Keep reading for the forecast through the fantastic final weekend of August...
Tomorrow (Wednesday): The upper-level disturbance should start pulling away, but it will be quite gradual with a mostly cloudy morning (possibly some sprinkles yet) and then a shift toward partly sunny skies by afternoon. Those breaks in the cloud cover along with a wind shift by afternoon (first coming from the north, and then from the west) should push most of us back to the upper 70s to low 80s for late-day highs. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy and can't complain about these pleasant lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Light winds from the west. Confidence: Medium
Thursday is poised to be our warmest day of the week, but right now it is looking like mainly mid-to-upper 80s, meaning we could go this entire week without hitting 90! We'll see, but for now, there should be enough clouds and a 30% chance of thunderstorms to keep temperatures from getting too crazy. Look for variable sky conditions, but most of the day could qualify for partly sunny status. Thursday night should be partly cloudy too with lows in the 60s again. Confidence: Low-Medium
Friday is the gateway to the weekend weather-wise with sunny skies and highs in the upper 70s to low 80s along with amazingly low dew points (for August). That means very comfortable weather. And those low dew points, clear skies, and calm winds could make for quite a cool August night with possible lows in the upper 50s to low 60s. Confidence: Medium
The weekend looks excellent. I would pick Saturday as the best day right now, because we should see low-to-mid 80s for highs with very low humidity and abundant sunshine. Sunday should be nice too, but temperatures could inch up into the mid-to-upper 80s. You should definitely enjoy this weekend, because there are indications that we may have to pay some additional summer dues next week (return of the 90s?). Take heart, September is approaching. Confidence: Low-Medium
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