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Sticky, with scattered showers and storms at times today!

July 6, 2011 - 08:25 AM
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It's going to be a changeable day for us weather-wise with showers and storms a threat this AM and again this PM.

Wednesday: AM Clouds & Passing T-Showers; PM Hot & Humid, Scattered Storms & Showers

Highs: Around 90 | Wind: West 5

Overnight: T-Showers Ending, Muggy & Mild

Lows: Around 70 | Wind: Light Southwesterly

Thursday: Partly Sunny; Hot & Humid; Few PM Storms Possible

Highs: Around 90 | Wind: S 5-10

A bit of a tricky forecast on this Wednesday morning! As I write this a cluster of heavy rain and at times a little lighting is pushing slowly to the east from northern Virginia. This activity is expected to gradually depart and dissipate over the next couple of hours. Exactly where temperatures top out today will greatly depend on how quickly this morning’s cloud cover exits and how much sunshine we see. My feeling right now is that the clouds should exit around lunchtime allowing for a period of sunshine through the afternoon hours before another round of scattered showers and storms develops. I am playing it a bit safe at this point and will use the wording “around 90 degrees," but I wouldn’t be shocked if we ended up in the low 90s once again.

Any lingering shower and storm activity tonight will wrap up early in the overnight period leaving us muggy and mild with lows around 70 degrees. Tomorrow looks like a typical July and summer day featuring partly sunny skies along with hot and humid conditions. A few showers and storms will once again pop in a few places during the afternoon and evening but not everyone will see a storm.

The forecast Friday looks interesting and a bit tricky once again as a tropical wave tracks northward just off the East Coast perhaps developing into an area of low pressure. While weather guidance is picking up on this feature as of this morning’s run they keep the strongest energy and most of the deepest moisture offshore. However, at this point I feel this can’t be dismissed as any shift in that track to the west or east would greatly alter what type of day we will see on Friday. So with all that said, my forecast will be for more clouds than sunshine Friday with a 40 percent chance of showers and storms. Stay tuned as we will certainly fine tune that forecast even more over the next 24 hours.

A shower and even a rumble of thunder may linger into Saturday morning before high pressure builds in allowing for a fair amount of sunshine along with hot and humid conditions.

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