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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 08/18/2011

Forecast: A little heat, humidity and a p.m. t’shower - summer in fine style

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Fairly run of the mill summer day. Probably would have graded tougher but still recovering from July heat.
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Today: Increasing clouds with isolated p.m. t’showers. 86-91. | Tonight: A few t’showers. 64-70. | Tomorrow: Variable clouds, scattered p.m. t’showers. 84-89. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


The doldrums of summer are upon us. By this I mean a sort of stagnant pattern with a good deal of heat and humidity and a few pop up thundershowers every afternoon/evening. For my money, the best days not to forget the umbrella would be Friday and Sunday but I am not convinced that a majority of the area will see rains on any given day. It will at least be likely that we should all see at least one spell of rain in the next 5 days, which is more than we have been capable most of this summer.

Today (Thursday): Plenty of sun should start the day off right and I kind of like those pop up afternoon clouds for a nice aesthetic and a bit of shade to boot. Temperatures climb with ease until the clouds help put on the brakes by mid-afternoon. Highs reach the mid-80s to lower 90s. A light breeze from the south helps with the cooling with thundershowers confined to around 20% of the area, if that. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Higher humidity results in slower cooling this evening. Readings should not slip back to the 70s until midnight. A few thundershowers are possible in the evening but again only a 20% chance. Lows eventually end up in the mid-60s to near 70 (downtown). Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Friday): Clouds are much more numerous in the morning but still the sun makes frequent appearances and readings climb steadily to the mid-to-upper 80s by midday. Humidity is tangible and thundershowers will be popping up all over the place as a result, but they are still hit or miss. They are likely to be pretty slow moving so a good soaking is in order for the 40% that manage to pick them up. Breezes remain very light. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Thundershowers continue to hang in there for a good share of the evening and your chance for one is about 40%. Evening temperatures hold in lower 80s but 70s in the rainy spots. Overnight lows reach the mid-to-upper 60s. Confidence: Medium


Saturday is my pick of the litter for being out and about. Skies are much more sun prone and shower chances are only 10%. The price to be paid for this is more heat so look for upper 80s to mid-90s. Humidity is only a smidgen less so not much solace there. But hey, we will be missing these days soon enough so soak it up! Enjoy a starry night as the sun now sets before 8 pm. Lows should be in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday starts out sunny but clouds start bubbling up pretty quickly during the morning and by afternoon thundershowers should begin to blossom. This is the day where at least half of the region could share in the rains from the looks of the disturbance coming out of the Midwest. Humidity is in good supply to feed the storms and keep it a little on the damp side. Highs should reach the upper 80s to low 90s. Lows slip to the upper 60s to low 70s. Confidence: Medium

Monday has plenty of clouds on hand to start the day and a few thundershowers may swing through early in the day. However, this one works in reverse with showers disappearing in the afternoon and clearing by evening with less humidity. Temperatures should struggle to make the mid-to-upper 80s. Confidence: Low-Medium

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