Summer storms, heat and humidity persist
Summer is the time of heat and humidity and this week will start out with exactly that. Temperatures will be well above the normal mid-80s and extend into the low to middle 90s. Humidity levels, moisture content of the air relative to the temperature, will be high enough to push the “feels like” temps into the triple digits from time to time in the afternoons of Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. Moisture in place and imported from the south and west will combine with the heat to generate some isolated but strong storms in the afternoon and evening for the next few days.
Relief will come in the form of a cold front that is expected to arrive on Thursday. The price we will pay for the cool down will be widely scattered storms. The storms are expected to arrive late in the day or even after sunset, which may help to temper the intensity. Clouds will arrive ahead of the line, but still give us a chance to warm up so some of the storms associated with the front may be a bit robust.
Look for much cooler conditions to arrive behind the front on Friday. There will be an area of high pressure move through north of the Commonwealth which will set up a dry and mild pattern to end the week and move into the weekend.
Stay hydrated today and Tuesday as the temps and humidity will make it harder to stay cool. We will sweat a good deal if we are outside, so please remember to get in the shade as often as possible.
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