Roller Coaster Temperatures…& Matthew an Increasing Threat to the U.S.

Weather in our area over the next several days appears tranquil, and that’s a good thing….because we’ll want to focus some attention on very dangerous Hurricane Matthew.

If you’re about to head out the door, you won’t encounter any problems weatherwise.  The fog of earlier today has burned off.

Temperatures were in the low-mid 50s around dawn.  Nashville even dipped to 55!  Now, the day’s warm-up is underway…

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No rain is expected today.  In fact, we have the forecast completely dry until late Friday:

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Heat is the main story for today and this week.  Check out highs this afternoon.

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Like the dry weather, well above average afternoon temperatures will linger all the way through the end of the work week…

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Looking down the road, we do see a nice cooldown this weekend, in part because of a strengthening northerly wind on Saturday in response to Hurricane Matthew:

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Speaking of….here’s a look at Matthew as of this morning.

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The category 4 hurricane made landfall in Les Anglais, Haiti around 6am this morning.  It’s unclear how much damage has been done to this point.  However, the wind, storm surge, and extremely heavy rain have likely been devastating for the westernmost portion of that country.

On the other hand, Jamaica hasn’t faired badly at all.  Kingston’s winds haven’t climbed much above where they are right now (15 mph), as the storm passed by to the east.

There’s been a marked shift in the storm’s anticipated path overnight.  While a direct hit on the Bahamas is still likely over the next 48 hours, the storm is now showing signs that it will pass closer to the east coast of Florida than was once anticipated.  It’s likely Tropical Storm and/or Hurricane Watches will be issued later today for the Florida keys and a portion of the lower Florida peninsula.

As we head into the weekend, Matthew will come very close to or even hit South Carolina and/or North Carolina.  Take a look at many of computers models forecasting Matthew’s path, as of 8am today.  Notice additional landfalls are possible as the storm rides up along the east coast.

Coming up today on Channel 4 News at Noon…and then later this afternoon on Channel 4 News at 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm, we’ll update you on Matthew and its potential impacts on the United States.  We’ll also talk more about the dramatic change in weather we’ll undergo from Friday to Saturday, right here in Middle Tennessee.

DT

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