Some weekend showers and sunshine; warmer days are ahead

Late summer warmth has again overtaken the region today even as we deal with a few extra clouds and some scattered showers in the area. Sunshine combined with a gusty south breeze ahead of a storm system that is approaching from the west has led to widespread 70s and lower 80s on the map while the threat for more of those thunderstorms continues into tonight.

The upcoming storm system will thicken our clouds through the evening and tonight with scattered thunderstorms developing across the area, some of which may produce strong wind gusts and perhaps some hail, but the biggest concern right now appears to be heavy rainfall. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for most of the local area through sunrise Sunday as there remains the possibility of heavy downpours of rain on the already saturated surface that could cause localized flooding. Right now, it’s looking like a few storms could generate upwards of an inch of rainfall, through the predawn hours of Sunday as the storm system moves through the area. Overnight temperatures will fall back into the lower 60s with a light southwest breeze.

Clouds will slowly erode across the area through the early and mid-morning hours Sunday in the wake of the departing storm system and sunshine will then dominate the weather picture for the afternoon. Look for another bright and balmy late summer day with high temperatures in the lower 80s tomorrow and just a hint of a northwest breeze.

The warmer weather will then hold on through Monday, but with a gustier south breeze working to pull in even warmer air, so expect afternoon high temperatures in the low to mid-80s.

A few late day thunderstorms will be possible Tuesday with occasional sunshine and another round of high temperature in the lower 80s as we await the arrival of a storm system from the west.

There will be a chance of more widespread showers and thunderstorms Wednesday as a cold front moves into the region. Temperatures will still manage to reach the lower 80s Wednesday as that front moves through the area later in the day.

Bright, warm sunshine will be the rule for Thursday and Friday as it appears rain chances may skirt the region to the north and our high temperatures will be in the upper 70s.

A stronger cold front next Saturday will spark another chance for some thunderstorms during the day with high temperatures in the balmy upper 70s before cooler air then pours in for next Sunday and perhaps the early portion of the following week.

Ted Schmidt

Ted Schmidt

Ted Schmidt is the morning and noon meteorologist at KTTC.

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