From the ABC 7 Weather team

Another pleasant day then storms tomorrow and the possibility of Irene over the weekend

August 24, 2011 - 07:12 AM
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Enjoy one more pleasant and relatively comfortable day before the heat and humidity increases tomorrow setting the stage for afternoon and evening storms.

Wednesday: A Few Clouds, Warmer, Not Too Humid

Highs: Mid 80s | Wind: S 5-13

Overnight: Partly Cloudy, Added Humidity

Lows: 66-72 | Wind: S 5-10

Thursday: Warm and Muggy, Scat'd PM Storms

Highs: Near 90 | Precipitation: 60%

Today will be another pleasant day with low humidity and seasonable temperatures topping out in the mid 80s.  A southerly wind will gradually crank up the heat and humidity tonight and through tomorrow.  You'll notice the added heat and humidity on Thursday with a high near 90, and as a cold front approaches from the Midwest, the stage will be set for thunderstorms.  The storms could start as early as the midday west of the Blue Ridge, but folks in the metro area can expect them by the afternoon and evening.  It's important to note that embedded downpours are anticipated, and there's a chance that storms could become severe. 

We are closely monitoring the progression of Hurricane Irene as it could impact our local weather over the weekend.  Mainly Saturday night and Sunday.  There is still a lot of uncertainty associated with this storm, so we'll update with the latest as it comes in to us.  One good sign is that recent trends indicate a better chance of a more easterly track, which would improve our forecast, but this trend can reverse, so it's too early to pinpoint the exact effects.  Meteorologist Chris Naille will have more details later this morning as new information is available.

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