Monday, September 5, 2016

Timing Out This Week's Rain

The heat and humidity are back for this Labor Day as temperatures are in the upper 80's and dew points are in the upper 60's. It gets even warmer Tuesday and Wednesday with temperatures pushing to near 90°. Add high dew points to that and we will be talking heat indices pushing the triple digits. Believe it or not, we didn't touch 90° throughout August, which is typically the hottest month of the year. Technically summer doesn't end until September 22nd, so this type of pattern is not completely uncommon to see early in the month.
As we heat up and see the humidity crank up, thunderstorm chances will make their way back into the forecast. The best chance of rain comes Wednesday evening and night with an upper-level disturbance. There could be some heavy rainfall with high water content in the atmosphere. There is also a marginal risk of a stronger storm Wednesday night, which could pose a damaging wind threat. Friday and Friday night also feature a decent chance of showers and storms with a seasonally strong low pressure system and associated cold front. Once that pushes through, cooler air arrives for the weekend with high temperatures retreating back into the 70's.

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