Forecast: Heating up; showers around & about
updated at noon
Today:Mostly cloudy with 30% chance of showers. 80-85. | Tonight: Chance of storms early. Muggy. 67-73. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny, very warm, humid, slight chance of storms. 89-93. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Yesterday's overcast afternoon capped temperatures in the low 80s, the coolest conditions in a month. If only the first day of August was a harbinger of the weather to come. But no, a warming trend begins tomorrow and another serving of sultry air grips the area through Thursday. As the mercury climbs, we'll have to keep an eye to the sky for the next several afternoons and evenings as the steamy air may support development of thunderstorms.
Today (Monday): Although it appeared like may see more sunshine compared to yesterday, moist flow from east and south (at around 10 mph) has held considerable cloud cover over the region. The end result is day a much like yesterday with the occasional interval of sunshine, a few scattered showers and highs in the low 80s. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: Any scattered showers probably move off and/or dissipate by mid-evening (8-10 p.m.) so Screen on the Green-goers probably (80% chance) stay dry. Later at night, as the flow from the south becomes more entrenched, the humidity builds with lows in the upper 60s to low 70s (downtown). Confidence: High
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Tomorrow (Tuesday): The kind of heat and humidity we've become accustomed to this summer returns. Under partly sunny skies, highs head back towards the low 90s and it's humid - with dew point in the high 60s. A couple thunderstorms could pop up, but odds you get hit are just about 20%. Tropical breezes from the south blow at 10-15 mph. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow Night: It's another one of those muggy, summer evenings. Outside some isolated evening storms, skies are partly cloudy, with lows 70-76 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High
Both Wednesday and Thursday are hot and oppressively humid as moist tropical air continuously funnels into the region. Highs each day reach the mid-90s with upper 90s possible with enough sunshine. The afternoon clouds that potentially put a lid on temperatures could grow into thunderstorms -- especially late Wednesday into Thursday as a front comes through. The odds of storms are around 30% on Wednesday, 50% Wednesday night and 40% on Thursday. Overnight lows Wednesday and Thursday night are in the 70s. Confidence: Medium
On Friday, high pressure starts building back into the region behind Thursday's cold front. The front, however, hangs up just to our south which means the cooler, drier air won't replace the hot, moist air immediately and we'll keep a 20% chance of storms in the forecast (higher odds south and southeast). Highs will be near 90. Clearing Friday night, with lows from the 60s in the suburbs to near 70 downtown. Confidence: Medium
The weekend looks quite good for the moment. The humidity will drop as high pressure to the north establishes itself. High both days should be in the 85-90 range with overnight lows in the 60s to near 70. Confidence: Medium
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