Pinpoint Weather: Hot pattern persists, isolated storms possible each afternoon

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Not much in the way of variety this week as the mercury in the thermometer topped out near 90 each day so far and storms developed in the heat.  That will continue into Friday with highs inching up a bit, topping out in the low to middle 90s in some eastern locations.  If you are planning to hike or bike or kayak or just about anything outside, you need to prepare for the heat and the storms.

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You need to stay hydrated in this humid environment. You already notice that our bodies are doing the best we can to cool down, evaporation is our best method. The body sweats and the water will evaporate; pulling the heat away from our skin. In the humid air the evaporation rate decreases significantly and we just keep on sweating.  We need to replenish the supply of water being expelled by our bodies so we need to stay hydrated.

As for the forecast, it looks like there will be a bit more widespread rain over the weekend. Saturday should start out as a sunny day but a flow of air from the southwest and some from the southeast will provide a good deal of moisture to the Commonwealth.  This will be compressed by a frontal boundary moving into the region from the north and west, as well as the natural boundary of the mountains.  There is a much better chance for most everyone to see rain Saturday as the front closes in. 

The front is not expected to cross the area until late Sunday or even Monday, so the pattern will remain wet and stormy until the front clears the region. The rain will keep temps down on Sunday and Monday near the low to middle 80s, then the solar energy takes hold again and the Mid-Atlantic warms back into the 90s by the middle of next week.

Stay safe everyone.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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