Tuesday Afternoon Update: 3:11 p.m.

We started off the day with morning low temperatures nearly 10 degrees below average. Needless, to say it felt rather nice considering it’s the third Tuesday of July. Now it feels much warmer out there and we should end up with a high near 93 degrees. A dry flow continues across the state and this will make for another crisp July night, with lows in the 60s.

High pressure will keep us mainly cloud free through tonight. Tomorrow will also be a sunny day for the most part and we will have an easterly breeze to help cool us off at times. There will be a low pressure system organizing along a stalled front over the Gulf tomorrow. As this feature tracks towards the Florida Panhandle, this will create a nice east flow over the area.

We sure could use some rain but our chances for wet weather are not looking good. There will be an upper level disturbance closing in form the south this weekend. This will help to spark some isolated thunderstorms over the area. Otherwise, we will have a partly cloudy sky, with hot and humid conditions.

In the tropics, Tropical Storm Bertha continues to churn north of Bermuda and the system could flare up to hurricane strength yet again. The system is creating rip currents along the New England Coast and Mid-Atlantic Region. Also, folks in Bermuda are continuing to deal with breezy conditions and rough surf. An area of low pressure about 770 miles east of the Windward Islands is being monitored for development; however, that feature appears less organized today. We will also be monitoring the low pressure area in the Gulf through tomorrow. During this time of year you have to watch for any type of disturbance such as a stalled boundary or easterly wave for possible tropical development. These disturbances are often referred to as “seedlings” or basically a catalyst for tropical activity.

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Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist