Monday, July 7, 2014

Humidity, Rain Chances on the Rise

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

WAFB First Alert QuickCast:

- humidity slowly rising thru the work week
- rain chances also on the increase

Here’s our one last chance to gloat over the run of fine weather during the July 4th weekend. 
We won’t call it rare, but it certainly was outside the norms of summer -- and we’re unlikely to enjoy another string of days like that for quite some time. 

So we’re headed back towards Gulf Coast summer weather. The humidity has already begun a slow return and will continue to do so in the coming days. And as is typical for this time of year, it’s back to the afternoon ‘hit or miss’ thundershowers as the week progresses.

Now we admit that our forecast for the next day or two is a little drier than what our friends at the National Weather Service are posting. We’ll go with less than 20% coverage for Tuesday and about a 20% rain chance for Wednesday. The NWS has rain chances at 30% for both days. 

For the rest of the work week and the weekend, we are in agreement with the NWS: 30% rain chances each day. And we are just about in lock-step with temperatures each day too: low to mid 70°s for the morning minimums with highs in the low 90°s. Factor in the slow-but steady rise in humidity and by week’s end the peak afternoon Heat Index numbers will be flirting with the triple digits.

There’s really not much else to say. Now that Arthur is in the books, the tropics have turned quiet again, with no apparent threats for development any time this week.

So it’s back to the summer sweat: just please be extra careful if you are spending much time outdoors.

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