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Heat Takes a Hike for the Next 72 Hours
But Much Warmer Again Next Week

Josh Larson @ 8:00 AM

We'll see welcome relief from the oppressively warm weather earlier this week today through the first half of the weekend as high temperatures drop back to the 80s (and lows drop into the 60s) along with much more comfortable humidity levels. Though both weekend days will by no means be cloud-free, chances for precipitation are quite low.


Forecast Confidence: MediumSunny & Pleasant. Thanks to the passage of yesterday's cold front, conditions today will be quite pleasant. Look for plenty of sunshine with lowered humidity levels and highs mostly in the mid 80s. Mostly clear overnight with lows ranging from the mid to upper 60s.


Forecast Confidence: MediumMostly cloudy; shower? Much of the day will feature mostly cloudy to overcast skies, which will lead to "underperforming" high temperatures in the low 80s (because of cloud cover). A stray shower, especially during the second half of the day into the evening cannot be ruled out, but many places will probably remain dry. Mostly cloudy with a sprinkle possible overnight with lows in the mid 60s.

The Weekend

Confidence: High-Very HighSome clearing; wamer. Expect more clouds than sun during the first part of the day Saturday, but skies should become partly to mostly sunny during the afternoon hours. Highs will be a notch warmer -- in the mid to upper 80s. Mostly clear overnight with lows near 70. We'll look for a blend of clouds and sunshine on Sunday, with a slight uptick in both temperatures and humidity levels, and a stray thundershower possible. Expect high temperatures near 90 and overnight lows in the upper 60s to low 70s.

Pattern Overview

The cold front that provided the impetus for yesterday's scattered showers and thunderstorms will bring much more pleasant conditions to the area today. However, a weak frontal system will briefly bring back clouds and the chance for scattered showers for the second half of the day Friday Weak high pressure will build into the area over the weekend, with partly sunny and comfortable conditions on Saturday and mostly sunny and warmer conditions on Sunday.

A Bermuda High will build into the western Atlantic for much of next week, allowing HOT weather to return to our area, (though a primarily westerly flow -- as opposed to southwesterly -- may keep humidity levels at moderate/high levels rather than "unbearable" ones.

Pictured above: medium-range forecast models predict the development of a Bermuda High next week, which will likely induce a return to above-normal temperatures; image courtesy


Next week's forecast
Forecast highs/lows: 93/75 (normal = 89/70)
Forecast precip: Below-normal

Forecast Confidence: High-Very HighExpect a blend of clouds and sun on Monday and Tuesday with somewhat higher humidity levels and high temperatures both afternoons expected to be in the lower 90s; mild overnight lows will remain in the low to mid 70s. The period from Wednesday through Friday looks to feature hot and relatively humid conditions with a slight chance of afternoon "airmass thunderstorms" each afternoon/evening along with very warm highs in the mid to upper 90s and sultry overnight lows in the mid to upper 70s.

Unrelated but Important

Today's edition of The Washington Post has an article by Mark Kaufman detailing a troubling Union of Concern Scientists' report on the potentially devastating effects of global warming for the Northeast.

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