Hot & Muggy Through Tomorrow...Then Some Changes
Slow-moving storms last evening faded overnight and have been replaced by some fairly widespread fog across our area this morning. That fog will burn off by 10 AM in most locations with some hazy sunshine breaking out...and temperatures will rise into the 80s by lunchtime and up to around 90 this afternoon. That's close to the highs we reached over the weekend...BUT it will feel a lot hotter outside. That's because the humidity is up quite a bit from Saturday and Sunday...and when you combine that with our temperature it will feel more like mid to upper 90s outside for a while this afternoon. The only relief could come in the form of widely scattered storms that will start to pop just after Noon in the mountains. They'll be more numerous there...but a couple are apt to form in the lowlands as well. Like yesterday we have no wind to move these storms along...so they'll basically sit in place and rain themselves out. If you're under one it could rain quite hard for 30-60 minutes...and that could mean localized, brief street flooding. However, since they don't move they don't affect as many people, which means you may well end up dry into this evening. Just keep an eye out this afternoon, especially near and east of US 19.
Any scattered storms will fade this evening with some fog again overnight. We'll fall to around 70 degrees. Wednesday looks like today, except even hotter. Hazy sun will push us to a high of 92 with a heat index up close to 100 degrees. Once again a few isolated storms will pop, mostly in far eastern West Virginia. There will also be some storms out west of I-75 associated with a cold front. Those will move in here Wednesday night into Thursday morning. At this point it doesn't look like severe weather is much of an issue given the lack of wind energy and overnight arrives...but some briefly heavy rain could result.
By around lunchtime Thursday that front will push off to our east with a northwest wind shift. Dewpoints will start to fall off and skies will clear. By the end of the afternoon it should feel and look great outside, with a high of 88. Expect a very pleasant Thursday evening as temperatures fall into the 70s.
Friday will be just about as perfect as you could ask for the last day of July. High pressure will provide plenty of sun and humidity will be quite low. We'll see a high of 87 degrees to finish the week. Should be another great night of weather out at Live on the Levee.
I've added an isolated afternoon storm to Saturday's forecast, mostly north of I-64, as a result of a weak cold front dropping in. Not a big issue though and it still looks like most of the weekend is in good shape. We'll see a high of 91 Saturday...then 90 Sunday with less humidity. Sunday should feature plenty of sunshine...perhaps a few more cumulus clouds Saturday with that front approaching and some humidity. Temperatures will get even hotter early next week ahead of a strong cold front. We'll reach 93 Monday.