Today, I expect to see the mercury in the thermometer rising to near 90 each afternoon this weekend east of the Foothills, and the “Feels Like” temps be in the middle 90s.
Saturday looks to be very warm to flat out hot with hazy sunshine filtering some of the solar energy, but not all of course. There will be a slight breeze from the southeast and that will help to bring in a bit of Atlantic moisture. This will be helping to add to the humidity of the air, but we shouldn’t see much in the way of rain.
Make sure you stay hydrated this weekend as the heat really can sneak up on you if you are on a nice hike or bike ride or out on any of our area waterways. Here is a graphic that gives you a rough idea how much warmer or hotter surfaces other than grass are in the direct sunlight. For example, if the grass were 80° the Asphalt would be 108°. Make sure you “stay ON the lawn” if you can.
Sunday will be similar to Saturday in temperature but I expect to see a bit more cloud cover. Some models are suggesting a bit of rain being introduced to the mountains and southern tier counties late in the day so that should be monitored. Nothing severe or for that matter much more than rain showers, which may be beneficial since we are now considered in a Moderate Drought category for most of the Commonwealth.
Monday looks to be a bit cloudier and I expect to see a much better chance for late day storms. This will be typical of a summer day. There is an area of high pressure off the coast that is in just the right spot to provide us with clouds and rain. The western edge of the high will be able to tap into some moisture from the Atlantic and couple that with the summer heat, will give rise to a few showers and spotty storms. Temperatures on Monday will be in the upper 80s once again.
Little change is in store for the region as we move through the next work week. Highs will be in the upper 80s and there is a chance for some isolated storms each afternoon.
Summer pattern is here for a while. Stay safe, stay hydrated, stay out of the sun as much as you can.