85° / 60°Mostly Sunny and Very Warm 0%
85° / 58°Sunny to Partly Cloudy 0%
88° / 64°Mostly Sunny with Fog Early 0%
90° / 65°Plenty of Sun; Midsummer Heat 0%
90° / 65°Mostly Sunny, Hot and Humid 0%
88° / 64°Partly Sunny and Summery 20%
85° / 62°Intervals of Clouds and Sun 20%
78° / 58°Clouds and Sun; PM Shower 30%
74° / 54°Partial Sun and Cooler 20%
70° / 46°Partly Sunny and Nice 0%
TONIGHT: Clear to partly cloudy with a few patches of fog late. Low: 60
FRIDAY: Sunny to partly cloudy and very warm with patches of fog early. High: 83
FRIDAY NIGHT: Clear to partly cloudy. Low: 58
On this last full day of Summer, once again it will feel like we are nowhere near the end of the season. Our weather pattern of unseasonable warmth continues. High and low temperatures were again a good 10 to in some cases 15 degrees above normal on Thursday. We got off to another mild start this morning with many spots with most locations staying in the 60s. With an abundance of sunshine during the day, temperatures had no problem climbing into the mid-80s.
A strong ridge of high pressure across the eastern half of the United States continues to be the dominating factor in our weather. This means there's no end in sight to the unseasonable warmth or dry conditions. The ridge of high pressure is sitting over the Midwest with no place to go, thanks to meandering Jose. Jose will continue in hang out off the southern coast of New England through the weekend creating this blocking pattern before eventually fizzling out. If you’re heading to the beach over the next few days, you will have fair skies, but waters will remain rough with large swells and dangerous rip currents.
Some high clouds from Jose may on occasion move from east to west across the area, but no rain is expected. Later tonight, a weak boundary moving down from the northeast will bring some drier air. This drier air should allow for some slightly cooler temperatures overnight, compared to what we've experienced in recent nights. In fact, cooler spots to the north may see some upper 50s.
The drier air will also lead to more comfortable humidity values on Friday. Even though the humidity levels will be low, Friday’s highs will still be above normal and top out in the 80s. Those conditions will be accompanied by sunny to partly cloudy skies as we usher in Fall at 4:02 PM Friday afternoon.
High pressure will be well in control of our weather through the weekend as it slowly builds eastward from the Midwest. This means more mostly sunny skies and very warm temperatures. Saturday’s humidity values should remain on the comfortable side. However, humidity is expected to go back up to uncomfortable levels on Sunday. High temperatures are expected to reach well into the 80s Saturday afternoon. The warmth will likely peak on Sunday and Monday with forecast highs approaching 90 degrees. Tuesday will be another warm and humid day, although there should be signs of the pattern starting to break down. A weak backdoor cold front moving down from the north may help spark a late day shower or storm. Behind this front, a dip in the jet stream will start to push down from the northwest along with a cold front advancing eastward from the nation’s midsection. This will all help to break down the strong ridge of high pressure across the eastern U.S. by the middle and end of next week. This should allow for a return closer to seasonable conditions by the second half of next week. Some showers will be possible with the cold front moving in Wednesday into Thursday.
Meanwhile, we continue to monitor Hurricane Maria. Maria's current track has the eye of the storm passing east of the Turks and on Friday and staying well east of the Bahamas over the weekend. While there is potential for the East Coast of the United States to see some impact from Maria, the possibility of it curving out to sea seems a bit more likely at this time. While we hope for the latter, it’s too soon to say what the end game for Maria will be. At the very least, once again, beaches will have to deal with rough surf and dangerous rip currents. This is not good news for those folks trying to get the final few beach days in before cool Fall weather arrives for good.
|Record||96°F September 22, 1914||36°F September 22, 1997|