We will remain in this stagnant weather pattern for another day or two before a front crosses the area and brings some significant changes to the forecast. Par for the course, temps are once again starting in the 60s and 70s but we’ve got a few lingering spotty showers this morning and will likely see some patchy areas of fog forming up. High pressure continues to sit off of the East Coast, pumping in unseasonably hot & humid air with high temperatures for the day expected to be back near, or slightly above, 90° for most east of the mountains today. Temps will heat up very quickly this morning and the heat index will likely be pushing close to 90° by lunch time. If you’re working outside or planning on doing some strenuous activity this afternoon be sure you stay well hydrated. You’ll need to take frequent breaks, stay well hydrated, and find some shade from time to time this afternoon. Light colored, light weight, loose fitting clothing and a hat will help keep you cooler. It’ll be another day you’ll need to be weather aware too as the Storm Prediction Center has placed most of the entire area under a marginal risk for severe weather with damaging wind gusts being the primary threat for a storm to be considered severe. Localized flash flooding will also be a concern as some of those storms could be on the stronger side, produce very heavy rain, and move quite. The heavy rain will have the potential to overcome the storm drains if a storm lingers too long over one area.
A front will begin to cross the region Thursday and what looks to be Friday as well now. In fact, the front may linger just to our south into Saturday so there could be some residual showers for some of the border counties into Saturday. The rest of us will be on the cooler side of the front and high temps may be held up in the mid and upper 70s over the weekend with a bit of the wedge trying to take hold.
It’s still 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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