Good Thursday morning!
High pressure is moving through the region today, making for a bright and peaceful day for our area. Expect mostly sunny skies with a slight southwest breeze that will work to warm temperatures quickly as we go from a crisp and cool, almost September-like morning to a more seasonable afternoon that will feature high temperatures in the lower 80s.
Warmer air will continue to build in for Friday and humidity levels will be on the rise ahead of an approaching storm system that will also trigger a few isolated thunderstorms in the area for the late afternoon and evening hours. Those storms aren't necessarily expected to become severe at this point, but there may be a higher risk of strong storms late Friday night as a complex of storms is expected to develop to our northwest and then move toward our area after midnight. High temperatures Friday, meanwhile, will be in the mid to upper 80s with a south breeze.
Intense heat and tropical humidity will dominate our Saturday weather picture with abundant sunshine to help the cause. High temperatures will be in the low to mid-90s with heat index values in the upper 90s to lower 100s! As it stands right now, dew point temperatures are likely going to be in the mid-70s, the highest such readings of the season so far.
Thunderstorms will be possible in the evening and overnight hours, some of which may become severe with large hail and damaging winds possible in the areas. The Storm Prediction Center has already highlighted our area in the Marginal to Slight Risk category for severe weather primarily for those evening and nighttime chances.
A few thunderstorms may hang around into early Sunday and an isolated storm or two may redevelop in the afternoon, but severe weather doesn't look as likely at this point. High temperatures will be in the upper 80s Sunday afternoon with a fair amount of sunshine in the area.
Warm sunshine, smaller rain chances next week
We'll have abundant sunshine for the first portion of next week with only small chances for isolated thunderstorms each day. High temperatures will be seasonably warm, but certainly cooler than the intense heat we'll experience this weekend.
Here is your morning weather update from Meteorologist Ted Schmidt: