84° / 62°Mostly Sunny 0%
87° / 69°Sunshine and Patchy Clouds 0%
90° / 72°Sun and Clouds, Late Day Storm 20%
83° / 58°Early Shower, Sun and Clouds 20%
78° / 55°Mostly Sunny 0%
77° / 53°Mostly Sunny 0%
77° / 55°Mostly Sunny 0%
79° / 57°Partly Cloudy 0%
79° / 62°Scattered Thunderstorms 30%
79° / 62°PM Showers 50%
TONIGHT: Becoming mostly clear with some patchy fog possible. Low: 64
SUNDAY: Sunny and warm but pleasant with low humidity. High: 84
SUNDAY NIGHT: Clear and comfortable. Low: 62
Saturday was a much improved day overall compared to Friday but we couldn’t completely escape showers and t-storms. High temps Saturday were well into the 80s and the dew points were still well into the 60s. It was still a little on the humid side. A weak cold front combined with an upper level disturbance tracked through during the evening bringing scattered showers and t-storms. Numerous wind damage reports…trees and some powerlines down…were seen across Berks County and Schuylkill County. Fortunately that activity has moved away to our east and fizzled out. Skies will become mostly clear overnight but some areas of fog will be possible where we saw rain earlier on Saturday. The fog shouldn’t be too terribly dense though. Overnight low temps should be well back into the 60s.
A big area of dry high pressure settles atop the region for Sunday. This will make for comfortably warm sunshine and relatively low humidity, a nice summer day for any outdoor events on your calendar. The high pressure system will move off the coast for Monday keeping fair skies around but also allowing our winds to turn back out of the south and southwest. This means increasing heat and humidity. At least the weather will be good to view the long awaited solar eclipse. While we won’t see the total eclipse here in Eastern PA and Western NJ, we can still expect 75% coverage of the sun by the moon. You have to head well to our south to the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Kentucky to see 100 percent of the sun blocked by the moon for a few minutes Monday afternoon. The eclipse will begin around 1:20 p.m. and end around 4 p.m., with the peak occurring around 2:42 p.m. and lasting just a few minutes. Remember, never look directly at the sun without special glasses. You can also make a special device to portray the effects on a piece of paper.
By Tuesday, a southwest wind flow will really increase the heat and humidity with several locations expected to top out at or just above 90. At the same time, a cold front will be approaching from the north and west. Right now, it appears this front will move through late Tuesday Night into early Wednesday bringing a chance for a few showers or t-storms. If the front moves a little quicker and comes through earlier in the day on Tuesday, we may have to watch for a little bit of a severe threat. Cooler and drier air is expected to build in behind the front as we work through Wednesday and some very pleasant air with fair skies will continue to build in for the end of next week going into next weekend. High temps look to be in the 70s during that period with overnight lows well back into the 50s. We might even see lows in the upper 40s across the Poconos.
A few tropical systems are brewing in the tropical Atlantic, which we fully expect this time of year as the peak of hurricane season nears early next month. Tropical Storm Harvey is tracking speedily westward across the Caribbean and bound for Central America or Mexico, so therefore poses no threat to the United States. There is another tropical wave northeast of the Virgin Islands that may slowly develop over the next few days, but any development is likely to be slow.
|Record||96°F August 20, 1983||46°F August 20, 1944|
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