Weekend plans? Check the radar
The week will end in the same weather pattern that has persisted since Monday.
Today and Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast for Friday. Of course in between any action, it will be partly sunny, hot and humid with highs in the low 90s. The showers and storms will move erratically through the day. Any storms may bring downpours and frequent lightning. Overnight will be partly cloudy and sticky with lows in the mid 70s.
Up Next: The repeat pattern continues on Saturday with partial sunshine, highs in the low 90s and pop-up storms. Weekend plans will certainly have to consider a contingency for lightning—especially through the first half. Remember, an enclosed building with 4 walls and a roof are needed to be safe in a storm. If you can hear thunder or see lightning, you are close enough to be struck. By Sunday, it appears as though showers and thunderstorms will become more isolated in nature, and primarily in coastal areas. Thus highs will run for the mid 90s. Another hot stretch is in the cards for next week with drier weather and top-out readings in the mid to upper 90s.
Forecast Discussion: The big weather player over the next several days will be an upper level ridge that will bulge across the nation’s mid-section. This ridge has been partitioned east and west of the local area of late and the weakness has led to daily showers and thunderstorms. This pattern will continue through Saturday. By Sunday, forecast models show a 597dm ridge building over the Midwest with a broad influence from the Rockies to the Appalachians. The Gulf Coast will have some peripheral effects with slightly lower rain coverage in Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. Peripheral is the key word though because the ridge should not fully envelop the forecast area. This means that the so-called “ring of fire” pattern may setup which could lead to some waves of energy circling the ridge interacting with marine breezes to still provide the occasional shower or thunderstorm during afternoons. Either way, hotter highs are in store with at least mid, if not, upper 90s expected.
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