Saturday Afternoon Weather Update – 1:53 PM

A good Saturday to you! I don’t think we could ask for a better forecast today, with temperatures struggling to reach the middle 80s and low humidity. This is certainly strange weather for late August. With lots of sun and a northwest breeze, it is feeling more like football weather. This nice weather is in response to a deep trough setting up in the eastern US. This trough allowed for a cold front to make it all the way down into the Gulf of Mexico. Once the sun sets tonight, temperatures will actually get rather cool. We’re looking for temperatures to approach the upper 60s by 10 PM and upper 50s before sunrise.

High pressure will be moving into the area, which will give us sinking air. That being the case, we won’t have many clouds to deal with. On Monday, temperatures will remain in the 80s, with a good deal of sun. Humidity will remain low, but temperatures will begin to rise. Highs will warm to around 90 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Morning lows will remain cool, with upper 50s to lower 60s expected through Wednesday morning.

Humidity increases on Thursday and Friday, with a few more clouds and showers developing. A weak cold front moves in on Friday, which brings a better chance of rain. This will keep temperatures in check, due to more clouds. Good rain chances look to continue through Saturday as well.

We have been keeping a nervous eye on the tropics over the past couple of weeks. Hurricane Bill is moving northward today, with a brush with the northeastern US expected. Gusty winds and large waves will be the main threat along the coast. Elsewhere in the tropics, we are watching a tropical wave in the central Atlantic. This feature could become a depression or storm in the next few days. Some computer models develop it into a healthy storm and threaten the US in 7 days or so. We’ll keep an eye on it.

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Have a great day!

Richard Scott