Sunday Storms, Summer Flexes Muscles Next Week
HIGHS IN THE UPPER 90S LIKELY BY MIDWEEK
After a rainy and wet pattern the past several days, the weather will become somewhat drier over the next week; however, that dry weather will come at a price. A huge dome of high pressure that has been responsible for scores of record highs in the western part of the country will extend its grip eastward, with the hottest weather on tap for the middle of next week.
Until then, the weekend will feature mostly sunny skies today and highs in the low to mid 90s. A “cold” front made its way through the area overnight. In the summer, however, cold fronts have the opposite effect: they bring in a drier air mass, and since drier air heats more effectively than humid air, it will actually INCREASE our temperatures. Moisture will return for Sunday, especially in the afternoon and evening hours. With the heat energy and some decent winds aloft, some of the storms Sunday may be on the strong side, with an isolated severe storm or two possible. Keep an eye to the sky tomorrow if you’re doing anything outdoors and be ready to head indoors should threatening weather approach.
The heat ridge begins to show its presence into the beginning of the week. We’ll still have a little in the way of moisture around, so an isolated shower or thunderstorm isn’t out of the question during the week. With the intense heat, any storm that develops will be a strong one, producing prolific amounts of lightning and capable of gusty winds in isolated spots. Highs will be in the mid to upper 90s throughout the week, with the hottest days looking to be Wednesday and Thursday when the ridge will be most entrenched over the area. It will not be out of the question for some isolated spots to make a run at 100 degrees by the middle of the week.
The high pressure should break down somewhat and retreat westward by next weekend, but we’ll still see highs slightly above n0rmal in the low to mid 90s. Slightly better chances for showers and thunderstorms by the weekend will provide a nice break from the heat, but a couple may still be on the strong side.
Low temperatures throughout the period will be in the lower to middle 70s, except for a few upper 60s possible tonight in some more rural areas with the drier air mass around.
-Meteorologist Dana Barker