It is a very mild and very humid start to our Thursday. Temperatures are in the 60s to low and mid 70s to start the day and will warm up quickly this morning. With the very warm and very humid airmass in place and a cold front, albeit a weak one, moving thru the region during the heat of the day today we will have some showers and thunderstorms firing up. Some of the storms that move through this afternoon will be on the strong to severe side with damaging winds being the primary threat. So far this morning the SPC has placed our entire area under the marginal risk category with a slight risk to our north. We will start to see some spotty showers firing up by lunch time for some parts of the area with the areal coverage becoming more widespread through the heat of the day. Today’s showers and storms could also be very efficient rain makers and create some poor-drainage or flash flooding concerns after several rounds of heavy rain over the last week or more has left the ground saturated and incapable of soaking up much more water.
In the wake of the frontal passage things are looking quiet as we make our way over the weekend with ample sunshine, hot temps, and high humidity. It’s actually looking like we’ll enjoy a long stretch of quiet weather through the weekend and into the middle of next week when we get another chance for showers. Temps and humidity levels may actually make it a little tough to “enjoy” as we hover in the 80s to low and mid 90s during the day and only drop to near 70° overnight. Humidity levels will kick the heat index into the mid and upper 90s.
It’s also that time of year that I need to remind folks to please, NEVER leave your kids or pets in the car. The interior of your car will heat up extremely quickly and reach dangerous, if not deadly, levels in a very short period of time. If you want to take the dog for a car ride than make it a dedicated ride for them, don’t stop for groceries or to pick something up. It only takes a few minutes for the temperature in your vehicle to reach those dangerous levels. If you have a small child be sure you double check the back seat when you get out.
Meteorologist Jason Caterina
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