Like Monday, half of our area will pick up passing showers that begin to pop up around lunch time.
Monday's forecast verified pretty well with about 60% of the viewing area picking up rain, while the call was for 50% coverage. Most of it fell in the northwestern corner of the WBRZ forecast area with some persistent storms that held on into the evening.
Today and Tonight: Pesky pop-up showers and thunderstorms are once again expected to develop later this morning and afternoon. Like Monday, we're anticipating 40% geographical coverage for rain within the forecast area with the first batch passing through around the lunch hour. Prior to that, we can expect a high temperature in the upper 80s to near 90. Tonight, showers will taper with lows in the mid 70s.
Looking Ahead: Wednesday will bring us one more opportunity for scattered showers and thunderstorms before rain chances ease off into the end of the week. Thursday through Friday will be partly sunny, hot and humid with highs in the low 90s thanks to fewer, if any showers and storms. As Independence Day Weekend arrives, there will be just enough instability to set off a few showers but no outdoor plans will be washed out.
Forecast Discussion: An upper level trough will begin working eastward over the next few days and be supplanted by a weak surface ridge. The result will be slightly warmer air aloft and less convergence at the surface. This combination should mitigate instability just enough to provide a slightly drier pattern heading into the long weekend. Thursday and Friday may stay entirely dry with only an isolated shower popping Saturday and Sunday Afternoons. For outdoor cookouts and pool parties-no plans should be washed out with only a brief hiatus indoors needed to stay out of any lightning. Since these will be daytime boomers, evening fireworks displays will be in good shape. With fewer afternoon showers and thunderstorms, we can expect slightly warmer afternoons with additional sunshine boosting thermometers into the low 90s.
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