It's not a very nice day out there, right? The temps are cooler than where they should be, in the upper 60s, and they're only going to rise an additional 4 to 5 degrees with a lot of cloud coverage and some showers about the state. You'll also notice the humidity today as opposed to yesterday. Dew point readings are in the lower to mid 60s. Once we get through some showers and the possibility of some t'storms much later tonight, the forecast goes from wetter to better, read on!
As high pressure continues its move offshore today, a storm system will continue it's trek through the state, coming in from the west. This morning, a warm front increased our cloud coverage. It also brought with it higher humidity. While there are a few scattered showers out there (as of this update at 12:23 pm) there's nothing too substantial. But you should carry that umbrella for the rest of the day as we still run the risk for more showers. Later today, storms will develop in advance of a cold front across New York and Pennsylvania… this is where the threat will be for severe weather. That front eventually heads toward and into Connecticut later tonight, toward midnight. Any storms will likely weaken considerably by the time they reach western and northwestern parts of the state. But with that said, this is where we expect the best chance to see some lightning and hear some rumbles of thunder. Any storms that survive the trip to CT will dissipate as they move across the state.
THE END OF THE WEEK…
In the wake of today's system, it will be warm with highs in the lower 80s, but the humidity will decrease as the day progresses. After starting out with sunshine, scattered cloud cover will develop with the daytime heating, combined with some cooler air aloft. Friday will likely be equally as warm as tomorrow under a mostly sunny sky.
Our forecast holds! The Father’s Day weekend still looks spectacular. Both days should be dry, partly to mostly sunny and unseasonably warm. Highs Saturday will be in mid-80s inland, Sunday should be a few degrees warmer! For coastal communities, the weekend will feature great beach weather with highs near 80!
EARLY NEXT WEEK…
After today, our next chance for rain (and perhaps storms) doesn’t come until Monday into Tuesday of next week. The humidity will be on the rise Monday and that’s when temperatures may be downright hot, exceeding the 90° mark! Tuesday, as of now, appears to trend a bit cooler and less humid.
Meteorologist Mark Dixon with Scot Haney
June 1st, marks the beginning of the meteorological summer. For record keeping purposes, the meteorological summer includes all of June, July, and August.
Astronomical summer occurs at the summer solstice which is Thursday, June 21st, at 6:07 am this year.
June 1 also marks the beginning of the hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) already released their initial forecast for the 2018 Tropical Season for the Atlantic Basin. They are predicting a near normal or slightly more active than normal season with 10-16 named storms (average is 12) of which 5-9 are expected to become hurricanes (average is 6). Of those hurricanes, 1-4 are expected to become major hurricanes (average is 3). A major hurricane is a Category 3 or higher. The hurricane season is long; it officially lasts through November 30th. This season got off to an early start when Subtropical Storm Alberto moved northward through the Gulf of Mexico, making landfall on the Florida Panhandle earlier this week, before the official tropical storm season began.
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