11/03 – Brantly’s “Increasing Cloud Cover” Wednesday Forecast

Quiet, dry weather persists through the day Wednesday before giving way to a slightly more complicated forecast scenario Thursday. A slow but steady increase in cloud cover will occur today and should be enough to make sky conditions mostly cloudy to cloudy by night. Thursday should show most if not all areas as cloudy as well.

Thunderstorms are expected to blow up Thursday in the northeastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico ahead of a cold front. Fortunately, for our area, an area of high pressure to the back side of the cold front will begin to overtake the southern end of the front later today, stabilizing the environment rapidly by this afternoon and evening. Even though there will be a chance for rain, don’t expect for rain to be in the heavy category. Where rain occurs tomorrow, it should be just enough to cause wet windshields and pavement.

Temperatures are a bit complicated once we work past Wednesday evening. For tonight, expect lows in the middle to upper 40s inland with lower 50s along the coast. Wednesday highs will be in the lower to middle 60s over interior areas, with upper 60s to lower 70s for areas in the vicinity of the coast. Lows Wednesday night should dip similarly into the middle to upper 40s over for inland locations, with lower 50s elsewhere. Thursday’s highs are the tricky part of the forecast. Forecast models have as much as a 10 degree variance on expected highs for Thursday, mainly driven by expected cloud cover and the change for rain.

Dry air and calm conditions take hold once again Friday as things should begin to clear out. Going into next work week, high pressure begins to shift eastward as the next weather system digs into the plains states. This will result in a warming trend and a gradual increase in moisture as winds turn more southeasterly.

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