This Afternoon: Partly Sunny, Humid
Highs: 85-90 | Wind: S 10-15
Tonight: Mostly Cloudy & Humid, Iso. T'storms
Lows: 65-72 | Wind: S 5-10
Monday: Cloudy, PM Showers, Heavy Rain
Temperatures: 77-82 | Precipitation: 80%
While today feels appropriately summer-like with highs in the 80s, partly sunny skies, and sticky dew points, it may be the last of its kind! With more clouds and a cold front scheduled to arrive on Labor Day, cooler temperatures and rain are likely for the end of the holiday weekend. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon, especially in NW Maryland and the West Virgina panhandle, but the greater chance for the entire region comes on Monday afternoon. The cold front is expected to stall out to the south of the area and thus serve as a conduit for the copious amounts rain coming our way from Tropical Storm Lee. Anywhere from 2 to 6 inches of rain are possible from late Monday through Wednesday if current computer models are accurate; some models do shunt the bulk of the rain to the south of us however. For those areas that saw little rain from Irene, this next rain event should even the score: the Shenandoah and Blue Ridge areas that tallied only about an inch from Irene could see much higher totals this week.
As so often happens right after Labor Day, temperatures will be dropping this week. With rainy days featuring daytime highs only near 70 and ever-fewer daylight hours, there will be denying that the season is changing. Keep the umbrella handy, especially tomorrow, and enjoy the rest of your holiday.