It was a warm start to the long weekend, but even warmer air is headed this way.
The storm that brought showers and thunderstorms yesterday is slowly pulling away from New England today. The tail end of it was enough to cause a few showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. However, those all died down as the sun started setting.
High pressure is going to strengthen just off the Southeast coast the next few days. It will force the next storm to ride off to the north of us, while pumping up some real heat. Although there is an isolated chance for a late-day shower or thunderstorm tomorrow and Monday, it’s an even smaller chance than today and mainly over the mountains. What most of us will really notice is the building heat. We are going to the upper 80s tomorrow, then back into the 90s on Monday. High dewpoints will also stick around, making the heat index about 3-6 degrees higher than the actual temperatures.
The heat is going to hang on through the middle of the week. Highs will be in the upper 90s Tuesday and then top out in the 90s again on Wednesday. That’s when thunderstorm chances really start to go up again. A new front will move our way Wednesday, producing showers and thunderstorms. That cold front will swing through Wednesday, knocking the heat and high dewpoints/humidity down Thursday. Highs will be back down in the 80s and more comfortable with a northwest breeze.
As we go through the Memorial Day weekend, let’s remember to thank those who gave their lives for this country, and for all those who also put their lives on the lines for all of us.