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Chock Full of 80s

Josh Larson @ 12:00 AM

We'll reacquaint ourselves with the (relative) pleasures of highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s & 60s through the weekend. By next week, heat and humidity will increase somewhat, but will still remain rather tame by August standards.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighBring an umbrella. A cold front will push through the region today, allowing for considerable cloud cover -- though there will be some peeks of sunshine -- for much of the day. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially during the afternoon hours, are a pretty good bet. We'll see highs around 83, and overnight lows in the mid to upper 60s.


Forecast Confidence: HighDrying Out. Expect partly to mostly sunny skies for Friday with comfortable afternoon highs in the low 80s with lessening levels of humidity. Clear and cool overnight with lows ranging from the mid 50s in the cooler spots to the low 60s downtown.

This Weekend

Forecast Confidence: High-Very HighPerfect outdoor weather. Get outside this weekend and enjoy the near-perfect mid-August weather. Saturday will feature abundant sunshine with highs only in the upper 70s to low 80s (with dew points in the 50s) and overnight lows ranging from the mid 50s across the coolest suburbs to the lower 60s downtown. Sunday will also feature abundant sunshine with dry weather, though it will be a touch warmer, with highs probably making it to near 85 and overnight lows in the low to mid 60s.


Pattern Overview
A deep area of low pressure, embedded within a trough over eastern Canada, is the main reason why we'll experience lower than normal temperatures and humidity over the next several days. Northwesterly flow aloft will keep high temperatures near 80 Friday and Saturday and overnight lows in the 50s and 60s. By Monday of next week, however, this trough will push off to the east and a more zonal, flat flow will dominate the jet stream pattern over the Great Lakes and Northeast. As such, we'll see a return to climatologically normal conditions for much of next week.

Next week's forecast
Forecast highs/lows: 87/69 (normal = 86/69)
Forecast precip: Below-normal

Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighIt looks like a relatively benign weather pattern will setup up for the eastern US for much of next week. No major storm systems can be spotted from this vantage point. Expect partly to mostly sunny skies from Monday through Friday with afternoon highs generally in the mid to upper 80s and overnight lows in the 60s. Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms cannot be ruled out by Tuesday or Wednesday as the flow aloft becomes more southwesterly.

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