Hot and Humid Weekend

THE HEAT IS ON: Quite the hot and steamy day across the state as temperatures are well into the 90s this afternoon. With dew points in the 70s, we are seeing those heat index values exceed 105° this afternoon and is why the NWS has issued a heat advisory until 9PM this evening. Take it easy out there today and be sure to stay hydrated. Not much in the way of heat relief out there, but there are a few isolated showers and storms on the radar this afternoon. These a few and far between, but are producing heavy rainfall, small hail, and of course frequent and dangerous lightning. Remember, when thunder roars go indoors!

TONIGHT: Showers and storms will slowly wind down once the sun sets and daytime heating is lost. After that, expect a mainly clear sky, and warm and muggy temperatures. Most locations should settle in the lower and mid 70s by tomorrow morning.

SUNDAY: Tomorrow will be a near repeat of today, as it is going to be hot, humid, with scattered afternoon showers and storms. Once again, heat index values will be flirting with the 105° mark, and we will likely see another Heat Advisory issued for portions of the state. We should see a few more showers and storms tomorrow as well, as the ridge to the west shifts ever so slight west.

BETTER RAIN CHANCES: Starting the new work week, the ridge will retrograde even farther west and that is when the big change begin to show up in our weather. Monday a large upper low moves across southern Canada and into the southeast part of Canada on Monday. This begins the process of initiating a pattern change that will end up with a trough over the eastern part of the U.S. Monday that big upper low will drag a surface front down into Ohio and Tennessee River Valleys and boost the chances for showers and thunderstorms especially just to our north. That front slowly sags into Central Alabama on Tuesday bringing our best chances for numerous showers and thunderstorms. The combination of the big ridge being forced back west, the additional clouds, and the presence of more showers and storms should result in highs in the lower 90s. Small chances for showers linger early Wednesday, but by late Wednesday and Thursday the upper trough along with a surface high positioned over Illinois should bring another break in the heat and humidity with dew points falling off nicely to around 60. That 12 to 15 degree difference from dew points today will certainly feel nice with highs holding in the range of 88 to 91. As we end the week and head into next weekend, the upper air pattern is expected to remain with a trough over the eastern U.S. and a ridge over Arizona and New Mexico. There is a potential to see some short waves rotating through this trough, so we may see the potential for isolated showers and storms returning as we begin to warm back up again with highs by Saturday in the lower 90s.

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