Partly Cloudy, Stray Storm
Winds: SW 5-15 mph
Partly cloudy, Isolated shower or storm
Winds: SW 5 mph
Partly cloudy, Still Hot
Highs: Around 90°
Winds: W 5-10 mph
Today marks the 11th straight day Washington’s official high temperature has been 90 degrees or higher. Tomorrow will be day 12 and there is a pretty good chance Wednesday will be day number 13. And there, the streak will end!
Long stretches of hot and humid weather is nothing new for our area. But the length of these stretches is what seems to wear some people down as the summer heat and humidity continues day after day. We did have that wonderful break from the high heat and humidity 2 weeks ago and now another break is just days away. A weak frontal system west of the Appalachians will drift eastward over the next 24 hours. This will provide a slight chance for a couple of isolated showers and even a rumble of thunder overnight. And even then, areas west of the metro area will be the most likely area to see the not-so-likely rain. Temperatures will remain in the 80s until just after midnight.
Tomorrow will be partly cloudy, hot and humid. Temperatures will reach he lower 90s in many spots and there will be a 30% chance of a few stray thunderstorms during the afternoon and early evening. We will continue the pattern of partly cloudy skies on Wednesday with afternoon temperatures close to the 90 degree mark...if we hit 90 degrees, it will indeed be the 13th consecutive day of 90 degree or higher temperatures. Right now, we do not see any atmospheric features that could produce rain on Wednesday.
On Thursday, changes begin but it will take a few days before we can use the word “pleasant” to describe our weather. Thursday’s and Friday’s weather will be controlled by several atmospheric impulses crossing the area. This will increase the chances for showers and thunderstorms and will cause a slow drop in daytime temperatures…back into the 80s. There will still be a chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms on Saturday but by then, the excessive heat will be gone.
Are you ready for me to use the word “pleasant” again to describe our weather? That occurs in our Sunday/Monday extended forecast. We are calling for partly cloudy and pleasant weather across the area with low humidity and highs only in the lower to middle 80s.