July 22: Changes Coming…Relief From The Heat?


We saw a few more showers bubble up in the heat and humidity this afternoon, but they’re fizzling rapidly this evening, leaving us with another warm and muggy night.  Another hot and muggy day on the way tomorrow — temperatures will start off in the upper 70s…

…and top out in the low to mid 90s…

…with the heat index over 100° yet again:

A Heat Advisory remains in effect until 7pm Sunday:

A better chance of storms will develop Sunday afternoon and evening, which could provide some relief from the heat and humidity — none of the forecast models are perfect, but I’m partial to the way the WRF model is depicting the radar simulation tomorrow afternoon (these images are for 1pm, 3pm 5pm and 7pm from top to bottom):

The problems is, a few of those storms could be strong to severe, with damaging winds the main threat.  The Storm Prediction Center has included the Midstate in a “Marginal Risk” (level 1 of 5) of severe weather:

That means that we expect numerous storms, a few of which could produce wind gusts up to 60 mph.

The unsettled weather pattern will continue much of next week, with temperatures running close to or just slightly above normal:

It’s not exactly relief from the heat, but it’s better than the mid to upper 90s we dealt with this week!

Some new data will come in between now and our 10pm newscast, so tune in for an update on tomorrow’s storm chances!

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1 Response to July 22: Changes Coming…Relief From The Heat?

  1. Fred says:

    For two days in a row (21st and 22nd) temperatures hit 98 in Nashville. This is the highest for July since 2012, which peaked at 105 twice. Yesterday was also the hottest day (daily mean of 87) in Nashville since July 25, 2012, which also averaged at 87 degrees. Additionally, last night was particularly sweltering, and the lowest it got was a steamy 79. Unless, the forecast thunderstorms this evening significantly drop the temperature by midnight, this will be the highest low since July 1st, 2012, when it failed to dip below 81. You know, it really means something, when numerous references are made to July of 2012, which is, after all, the second-hottest July on record.

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