Sunday Afternoon Weather Discussion; 1:05 p.m.

The heat and humidity is back for today, but there is also a good chance for showers and thunderstorms this afternoon; that will help to cool us off somewhat by the evening hours. As of this update, most of the activity is over the eastern half of the state, but storms are beginning to fire across the western sections of our viewing area. Expect the rain and storms to fill in later today, as an approaching cold front works in here from the north. A few storms this afternoon could be strong and produce heavy downpours. With lighting a big issue this time of the year, head indoors if you hear thunder. Highs this afternoon will level off in the lower and middle 90s. Once the front moves through tonight, we will deal with drier conditions on the way for tomorrow. In-fact, you will really notice a difference in the humidity by Tuesday morning; lows will start off in the lower 60s, which will make for a pleasant morning. Temperatures will rebound into the lower 90s for highs, with lots of sun around. The humid weather will remain at bay for Wednesday as well, with temperatures in the middle 90s and lots of sun.

We will get a return flow out of the gulf on Thursday, with an isolated storm possible on through the weekend. While there isn’t a washout expected, there will be a few storms popping up with the daytime heating over the weekend. Temperatures will remain hot, as highs approach 95 degrees, and with higher humidity values around, the heat index will be over 100 degrees. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids if you are going to be out for long periods of time.

The tropics are becoming more active, as we have a new low developing over the central Atlantic. This new system is 1,000 miles to the east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west. The conditions appear favorable for tropical development, and it could become our next named storm over the next few days. This system has plenty of time to be monitored since it is a long way away from any land masses. Bertha is now a tropical storm, with winds of 65 MPH. It is also stationary, but is expected to turn east over the next few days. Elsewhere, things are quiet in the tropics. Be sure to join us tonight at 10 p.m. for the latest on your weather forecast. Have a great Sunday!

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Richard Scott
WVUA-TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor