First Alert Forecast: summery heat continues Thursday; rain chances return into week’s end
Today will be another hot and mainly dry day with highs in the low to middle 90′s. Feels like temperatures will only rise to near 100 degrees, so it won’t be all that bad outside this afternoon and evening. There is a slight chance for a few stray and isolated showers, but the vast majority of the region will be dry today. Temperatures overnight will cool back into the lower 70′s. On Friday, we will begin to see a more active and unsettled weather pattern. Scattered showers and storms will be possible tomorrow afternoon and evening with highs in the lower 90′s.
The elevated rain chances will stick around in the forecast through the weekend and into next week for the daily chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms. We aren’t expecting a big cool down in the extended forecast, but we are expecting to see temperatures only rising to the upper 80′s but next week for more near average highs. Today marks the peak of hurricane season and we have a very good amount of tropical activity occurring this afternoon. Paulette and Rene are both tropical storms this afternoon and will both likely to strength into hurricanes. They will both likely track back out to sea. A few other disturbances will move into the Gulf likely to bring us the chance for rain over the next few days. Another tropical wave is moving off Africa and now has a 90% chance for formation over the next 5 days. This wave will likely become our next tropical depression by this weekend or early next week. It will likely move westward, so we need to keep an eye out on this disturbance.
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