Warm Weather and Tropical Mischief
HOT AND DRY END TO WEEK, TROPICAL DISTURBANCE MAY AFFECT AREA THIS WEEKEND
The work week will end on a hot and dry note as we can’t shake the above normal temperatures that have plagued the area the past few weeks. Highs today will again reach the middle 90s for most areas, but the drier conditions will mean heat index values will be slightly more manageable. With apparent temperatures still a couple of degrees either side of 100, however, caution still needs to be exercised if doing anything outdoors in the heat of the day.
A pattern change is in store for the weekend into early next week. High pressure that has dominated the weather for most of this week will break down as a cold front approaches from the northwest and a tropical disturbance approaches from the southeast. There are MANY more questions than answers on where the potential tropical low will go over the weekend. The consensus, however, is that wherever it goes, we are not expecting a strong tropical cyclone, certainly nothing on the order of Hurricane Dorian. A tropical depression or weak tropical storm is not out of the question. Its eventual path will have a huge impact on our weather, bringing us anything from isolated showers to heavy rainfall and gusty winds. A somewhat organized storm whose center moves to our west could also bring a non-zero tropical tornado threat early next week as well. Again, WAY too early to speculate or nail a forecast down, but an array of options are on the table.
In any case, increased moisture and cloudiness will keep temperatures held down around 90 degrees, while lows will still be in the 68-74 range.
-Meteorologist Dana Barker