5/5 – Rob Martin’s “From T-Storms To Heat” Thursday Night Forecast

The warmest temperatures of the season are on the horizon, but first we have to deal with a few thunderstorms. Some showers will develop late tonight ahead of an approaching cold front. The front will affect the area Friday around daybreak, with the bulk of our region in a “slight” level (2 out of 5) for a severe storm or two. The main threats would be gusty winds and heavy rain. This could last for a few hours, but the front should clear the area by noon with partial clearing and continued warm temps.
Basically the only cooling we’re going to get from this front will be Friday night, when lows drop into the upper 60s. After that the heat builds under a slightly-drier southwest to west flow under building high pressure over the weekend. The slightly drier air (still humid) and subsidence will bring high temps to the upper 80s for the weekend, with values near 90 inland.
This will continue through the middle of the week with no rain or storms expected. In fact heat could peak around Wednesday with even the coastal spots seeing 90 degrees. Record-highs are a distinct possibility then. Only slim chances of rain come back into the picture late next week as temps remain elevated.

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