Isolated Thunderstorms on Thursday, Staying Hot!
Saw several severe thunderstorms push through the area late this afternoon into the evening with damaging winds and heavy downpours. Radar even indicated downbursts near Smiths Station and Crawford with straight-line winds caused by heavy rainfall. The threat of severe storms will taper off tonight as we lose the daytime heating.
Plenty of tropical moisture will continue to blanket the region through the weekend, so the humidity will remain very uncomfortable. Combine that with hot daytime temperatures and we can expect heat indices in the low 100s. Stay indoors in the air conditioning as much as you can. If you must be outdoors, keep bottled water handy and stay hydrated.
In terms of rain and thunderstorms, daily afternoon showers are possible through Sunday and the daytime heat will drive thunderstorm development, as well. There will be ample CAPE (energy) to go along with the that tropical moisture, so some storms could turn strong with heavy rainfall at times. Lack of shear should keep storms from turning severe, although isolated severe storms cannot be completely ruled out.
Through the weekend, daytime highs will range from the lower to mid 90s (if not hotter), with nightly lows in the low to mid 70s. Will need to monitor the high temps and humidity to see if there will be a need to issue a heat advisory.
-Chief Meteorologist Miller Robson
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