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6 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago May 06, 2016 May 6, 2016 Friday, May 06 2016 May 06, 2016 5:44 AM in Weather
Source: WBRZ Weather

Near normal temperatures will mark a nice, tranquil May weekend.

THE FORECAST:

Today and Tonight: Friday will bring more sunshine with a high temperature in the upper 70s. Winds will be out of the north at 5-10mph. Dew points remaining below 60 degrees will equate to a comfortable feel—no humidity and none expected until next week. It will be a pleasant evening to take in “Baseball at the Box” with a first pitch temperature in the low 70s. You might consider some long sleeves as temperatures drop into the 60s by game’s end. The overnight low will bottom out in the low 50s.

Up Next: Outdoor plans for the upcoming weekend are in great shape. For Saturday and Sunday, expect afternoon sunshine with highs making it to the mid 80s. Sunday will be the warmer of the two days, only by a degree or two. Additionally, there may be a few clouds speckling the skies by afternoon. The forecast for early next week looks persistent. With some returning humidity, highs will be in the mid 80s with lows near 70 degrees. Afternoons may offer a pop-up shower or storm but partly sunny skies are anticipated otherwise.


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THE SCIENCE:

Forecast Discussion:  The upper level trough parked over the Southeastern United States that has dictated a quiet and cool weather pattern for much of the week is beginning to push away. However, a high pressure system at the surface will build in through the weekend leading to continued clear skies but slightly warmer temperatures on Saturday and Sunday. Friday, the high will be north of the area, leading to a light northerly surface wind which will maintain slightly below average temperatures. The high will move directly over Louisiana on Saturday and after a cool morning, surface divergence due to the high and compressional warming on account of a weak mid-level ridge will allow about a 30 degree diurnal spread in temperatures and a warmer afternoon. On Sunday, the high will setup in the Northeastern Gulf and some return flow will begin. Additional moisture will keep the daily thermal range a bit lower so while the morning starts warmer, highs will be similar to Saturday. Several hours of return flow will lead to some humidity once again being felt by Monday and a shortwave trough positioned in the Midwest will allow some weak disturbance to pinwheel through the area early next week. Due to the additional moisture and thus additional instability, these impulses may be just enough to kick out some pop-up shower or storm action each afternoon—though widespread and high impact precipitation is not expected at this time.    

--Josh

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