Heat and humidity impact the region this week


Summer heat expected to linger into the weekend

After a hazy and very warm Tuesday as the atmosphere trying to clear out from the recent rains, we will be dealing with a long stretch of near or above 90° conditions.  Highs will be in the upper 80s to even a few low 90s as we continue into the work week.  There is a large area of high pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere that has been developing all spring and now is going to be rather noticeable over the next couple of months.  The semi-permanent feature, often referred to as the Bermuda High, is going to impact our weather for a while.

This feature is helpful in importing some moisture from either the western Atlantic or the Gulf of Mexico over the eastern half of the United States.  The position is such this week that we will mainly be seeing sunshine and the wet weather… usually traveling around the periphery of the high… will stay to the west.  Our result will be dry and sunny weather with an occasional towering cumulus cloud that may or may not develop into a rogue thunderstorm.

Another area of high pressure from the west…a ridge… will move across the country and assist in the heating process.  It will help push the Bermuda High a bit to the east and we may see a chance for some isolated to scattered storms late in the week, but nothing substantial is in the offing.

Bottom line is that we will be dealing with a very warm to hot regime over the next few days so make sure you stay hydrated and in the shade as much as you can.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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