Friday, March 15, 2013

Breezy & Warm This Weekend!

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

Just loving this current run of great weather days -- and the weekend looks like it will follow suit.  It will be a little warmer for Saturday and Sunday, and by Sunday afternoon you might get a hint of Gulf humidity in the air.  But all in all, this is going to be a great weekend weather-wise ... and a great last “official” weekend of the 2012-13 winter.
Ridging aloft -- and a southerly flow at the surface will make for the warmer weekend.  Sunrise temps on Saturday will be around 50°, with St. Patty Parade temps (parade times will be roughly 10am - 1pm) climbing from the mid 60°s to the mid 70°s, with Saturday’s high approaching 80° by the late afternoon.  There will be plenty of sunshine through the day, so if you are headed to the parade -- or simply planning on spending a lot of time outdoors -- you should give some serious consideration to a little sunscreen.

Sunday will be a degree or two warmer, but still lots of daytime sun.
We are still including a frontal passage in the forecast for late Monday into the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday.  While temps behind the Monday/Tuesday front will drop by as much as 5° to 10°, most of us will see little if any rain as the front swings through.  We’re posting rain chances at 20% for the time being, but that looks a little generous at this point.

Behind the Monday/Tuesday front, afternoon temps will top out in the low to mid 70°s for Tuesday through Thursday.  In the extended outlook, we see a better chance of rain arriving late on Wednesday and extending through Thursday.  Preliminary guidance suggests that most of us can expect between 0.5” to 1.0” with that system, with isolated rains possibly extending into early Friday.
Have a great weekend!

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