Posted: Sep 5, 2014 8:45 AM by Meteorologist Josh Eachus
We've got some football to play. We could really do without any follies from the weather. But unfortunately, the stale summer pattern will continue. Ample heat and humidity will be firing off rounds of showers and thunderstorms each afternoon through Monday.
Friday Forecast: For your Friday Night fix of high school football, as has been the case all week, showers and thunderstorms may linger into the 8 or 9 o'clock hours. By then, skies will break a bit, but it will continue to be muggy with temperatures in the 80s.
Impact: Any local high school football games certainly run the risk of an early lightning delay until the storms wrap up. Please seek shelter if you are outdoors and thunder is heard or lightning is seen. As the activity diminishes though, all games should be able to complete tonight.
Saturday Forecast: On Saturday, a slate of college football games and associated festivities will headline area agendas. As for Mother Nature's agenda, she'll be delivering the scattered showers and thunderstorms once again during the afternoon and early evening hours. Aside from that, it will be hot and humid with thermometers running into the 90s outside of areas cooled a bit by rain.
Impact: Enjoy your tailgating but be sure to have a shelter nearby in the event of lightning. It IS NOT safe to be outside with lightning in the area. By game time, showers and thunderstorms will be tending to end but could certainly linger as late as 8 o'clock. Games will be a go, but a brief delay isn't out of the question.
REMEMBER: When thunder roars, go indoors. Lightning discharged near an off-duty firefighter in the parking lot of a soccer stadium in Columbus, Ohio earlier this year. That man would go into cardiac arrest and was knocked unconscious. Two years ago a man tailgating at a NASCAR event was killed due to a lightning strike. 9 others were injured due to the same bolt.
By Sunday, a weak and dissipating front will enter the region and enhance shower and thunderstorm coverage. The good news for the second half of the weekend is that many will be able to enjoy viewing the Saints from indoors.
A final day of scattered action can be expected Monday before we find some quieter afternoons for the middle of next week.
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