Dry and Warm to Start the Holiday Weekend
HURRICANE DORIAN WON'T AFFECT OUR WEATHER UNTIL EARLY NEXT WEEK
The vast majority of us saw morning readings in the 60s as we headed out the door for work and school, a refreshing change from the hot and humid weather of the past few weeks. While we’ll see those mild conditions for the next two mornings as well, afternoon highs will be in the low to middle 90s as the lack of moisture will cause things to warm up in a hurry. No other sensible weather impacts are in the cards through Saturday.
By Sunday, moisture will return in enough quantities to bring a chance of showers and thunderstorms back in the picture, hanging around through next week. With the increased moisture, we’ll have to wave goodbye to the refreshing mornings with humid overnights and lows in the lower to mid 70s for most of the area.
After Tuesday, the local forecast is highly contingent on the eventual track of Hurricane Dorian, currently in the western Atlantic southeast of the Bahamas. Current forecast models have Dorian making landfall as a major hurricane on the eastern Florida coast sometime during Labor Day, then perhaps moving into the Gulf of Mexico or recurving out to sea. The latter solution of the two will bring little if any hazardous weather to our area; if the former were to happen and Dorian emerges in the Gulf, our area could experience very heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and a small risk of tropical tornadoes if the path goes to the west. Still many more questions than answers on the track of the storm and what the resultant impacts will be here locally.
-Meteorologist Dana Barker