PM Update: Heat makes a comeback
Storms tonight? Severe episode tomorrow?
* Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 1 a.m. *
* Heat Advisory for entire area 11 a.m. thru 8 p.m. Thursday *
* The great weathercaster switch | Heat records falling left and right *
* Outside now? Radar, lightning, temps & more: Weather Wall *
updated at 6 p.m.
Well, we still ended up seeing a fair amount of clouds today -- they seem to be enjoying their stay. But, it did not keep most places from rising into the lower 90s or even mid-90s this afternoon. This is now the 45th day at or above 90 at National this year. Add in dew points as high as the mid-70s and you've got quite an unpleasant day outside. There may be some relief in the form of a cooling shower or storm, but we're not losing the heat right away.
Through Tonight: We've got a muggy evening ahead as temperatures fall through the mid-to-upper 80s near sunset. There could be an isolated storm through evening, and we'll have to keep an eye on a complex of storms to the northwest. This had been scheduled to miss to the west, but it's looking more likely that storms could enter the region prior to midnight. Lows reach the mid-and-upper 70s.
Tomorrow (Thursday): Thursday's one of those days that starts out warm and sticky and turns hot quickly. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on the storm severity), a cold front moving into the area will help put a cap on how high we go. Highs should still rise to at least the mid-90s with heat indices past 100. Storms likely begin to threaten by mid-to-late afternoon, and the severe threat looks a bit higher than normal so we'll be on the lookout for damaging winds as well as heavy rain and lightning.
Hurricane season: Despite a start that has not been "hyperactive", forecasters at Colorado State University released an update for their seasonal forecast today. It is unchanged, and still calls for 18 named storms, 10 of which will be hurricanes and 5 of those major hurricanes. They also expect the Caribbean to be very active compared to normal.
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