Saturday Afternoon Weather Discussion-5:28p.m.

I hope you are having a great Saturday! The weather has felt a lot like summer today, with temperatures in the upper 90s and heat index values approaching 106. Today is the last official day of spring, as summer begins at 12:45 a.m.; that’s when our summer solstice occurs. Temperatures will begin to cool off as the evening progresses, but it will remain mild and muggy through tonight. At midnight, expect a temperature in the upper 70s and lower 70s at daybreak.

Father’s Day will be much like today, with a good deal of sun and hot weather. Temperatures will easily reach the upper 90s, with heat index values in the 105 to 109 degree range. Temperatures like this are dangerous, so be sure to drink plenty of fluids if you are going to be outdoors during the afternoon heating. The ridge of high pressure that has kept us hot and dry is not going to move much over the next few days. The center of the ridge is over Alabama and Mississippi. There are some indications that the ridge will back down just a bit on Monday and Tuesday, so I’ve introduced a stray storm in the forecast. Temperatures will remain hot, with highs in the lower to middle 90s. The good news out of the ridge is that it will block tropical systems from moving our way. As of now, the tropics are quiet, but it is the Atlantic Hurricane Season, so be sure to keep it right here for the latest on any tropical trouble.

Hot and mostly sunny weather will continue through next weekend, with highs in the middle 90s. I can’t rule out a stray storm each day, but the rain chance is less than 20%. Don’t count on any rain, but consider yourself very lucky if you pick up some rain. Join me tonight at 10 p.m. on WVUA-TV for the latest on your forecast.

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Have a great day!

Richard Scott
WVUA-TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor