Warming Up, Isolated Storms Persist
HEAT INDEX VALUES 100-105 POSSIBLE THIS WEEKEND
We’ve been spared from most of the hottest weather so far this summer, with the “heat ridge” settling to our west over the past several weeks. While we won’t see any extreme heat, we’ll see slightly warmer temperatures this weekend and early next week that will be around 5-7 degrees warmer than where we should be this time of year.
Isolated showers and thunderstorms will continue in the late afternoon and evening hours each day, but coverage over the weekend will be sparse, with about one location out of five seeing any rainfall. Slightly higher chances for showers and storms won’t arrive until late next week as the ridge breaks down and retreats back to the west, allowing a moist flow to return.
High temperatures this weekend will be in the middle 90s, with an upper 90s reading or two not impossible. Add the humidity to the mix, and heat index values will be in the 100-105 range during the heat of the afternoon and early evening. Lows each morning will be in the 70-75 degree range.
-Meteorologist Dana Barker