July 23: A Tiny Bit Of Relief

Scattered thunderstorms this evening are giving us a bit of relief from the oppressive heat, but they could also produce a few damaging wind gusts.  The Storm Prediction Center has kept us in a “Marginal Risk” (level 1 of 5) for severe weather this evening:

It’s a borderline severe weather threat, so just plan on staying inside whenever you can hear rumbles in your neighborhood.  The storms will fade out after midnight, as shown by the HRRR model’s radar simulation:

Temperatures will into the low to mid 70s by early Monday morning — still quite warm, but at least a bit of improvement over this morning’s stifling low of 79°:

We’ll hit the low 90s again Monday afternoon, with the heat index around 100°:

A few spotty storms will be possible in the afternoon, and once again a few of them could become marginally severe:

Bottom line — it will still be hot, it will still be humid, but it won’t be QUITE as bad as the last four or five days.  Hooray?

It will still be hot and muggy most of next week, with high temperatures in the low to mid 90s, and the heat index around 100°.  While that’s unpleasant, it leaves us just short of official Heat Advisory criteria (those are triggered when the heat index reaches 105°).  Spotty storms will be possible every afternoon as well, with the best chance of widespread rain heading our way Thursday night and Friday:

Next weekend is looking a bit cooler, with highs only in the mid to upper 80s!  I’ll show you the 7-day forecast on News 4 at 10pm, once I sort through a little more data.

And the nerd-links will be back when I return to work on Wednesday…

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