09/21 Ryan’s “Last Day of Summer” Thursday Forecast
Today is the last day of summer, but the summer-like conditions will continue for a little while longer. We’ll continue to see hot and humid weather for at least the next week, but it seems some drier air begins to move in near the beginning of next weekend. Temperatures will fluctuate between the upper 80s and low 90s due to cloud cover and afternoon showers, but will remain very consistent otherwise. The highest rain chances are expected on Sunday and Monday afternoon, and even these days only have a 40% chance, so still not too bad. Heat indices will linger in the 95-100 degree range, so remember to protect yourself from over-exposure if you intend to enjoy these beautiful days for long periods of time.
The tropics remain active, but the current storms seem to be winding down. Jose isn’t expected to remain a tropical storm much longer, but will linger near the Northeast coast bringing rain, gusting winds, increased surf, and rip currents. Maria is slowly moving away from Puerto Rico, but rain continues causing life-threatening flooding even after yesterday’s landfall may keep power off the island for months. This storm will strengthen over the next day or so, but will begin weakening as it moves into drier air, stronger shear, and cooler sea surfaces. Maria will remain a hurricane for the next 5 days though.