Blog: Heat & Moisture Increasing Today. Hot Weekend Ahead.

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I made sure to cut the grass yesterday and get as much yard work done as I could.  I wanted to take advantage of the nice conditions.  The sun popped out for a bit, temps were awesome, the humidity dropped (more than I thought it would), and there was a nice breeze out of the east.  Today we are changing things up.  We already have a lot of clouds in the region.  Also, we’ve already had a few showers this morning.  High pressure is moving a little farther offshore.  So our local winds are turning to out of the southeast.

They will run at 10-15mph. This will help to increase the temps and humidity today.  Despite lots of clouds we’ll heat up to the mid-upper 80s.  The stationary front to our southwest will push through the area as a warm front late in the day.  We’ll have some spotty showers during the morning and midday, but there will be some scattered showers and thunderstorms as the front gets closer. 

Tomorrow will be hotter as the front pushes to our north.  High temps will aim for the low 90s. 

With higher humidity our heat index will be near 100.  We’ll have more sunshine, and less rain chances (30%).  A cool front may bring some showers and storms in Thursday evening.  Then we’ll dry out on Friday.  Temps will rise to the upper 80s to near 90.  It will be a decent day.  Skies will be partly cloudy.  Over the weekend we’ll have some heat push in from the central U.S.  Upper level ridging will create partly cloudy skies.  The current computer models don’t show any rain during that time.  High temps will rise into the low-mid 90s.  They may even hit the upper 90s.  The heat index will be over 100 both days.  Stay tuned for updates. 

One other local thing to note.  Today we have a high threat for rip currents at the beaches.   Waves are running 2-4ft.  It’s not a great beach day anyway, but if you do go then use extreme caution.  Surfers may be able to take advantage if the sets clean up. 

In world news…A new report in the journal Science has found that the amount of methane that is released from the U.S. is 60% higher than estimates from the EPA.  This is critical as natural gas is touted as a much cleaner form of fossil fuel.  Here is the article with more information: Methane Emissions.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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