It's been a much quieter day throughout the Tri-State - while some of us have dealt with our fair share of scattered shower and thunderstorm activity, at least the threat of Severe Weather was nowhere in sight on this mild and muggy Wednesday. As our rain chances wain, temperatures will gradually dip from the mid upper 70s this evening to the low 70s early tomorrow morning. The sheer amount of moisture, both at the surface and in the atmosphere, paired with the cloud cover and weak southerly wind will only allow temperature to fluctuate a few degrees between tonight and early tomorrow morning. Our Thursday should be a primarily dry day throughout the Tri-State with some scattered rain showers and thunderstorms peppered in during the afternoon and early evening.
Temperatures are expected to surge in the coming days; after only reaching the upper 70s and low 80s for many of us earlier today, we'll climb closer to the mid 80s tomorrow - the real change however, will come Friday. That's when the mercury will climb into the upper 80s and low 90s area wide. We'll reach 89° in the River City Friday afternoon, marking our warmest day in nearly three weeks; worse yet, the ample amount of humidity in the atmosphere will make things feel a whole lot hotter - heat Indices on Friday afternoon will reach into the mid 90s throughout the Tri-State!
If you're not a fan of the heat, then this weekend will be nothing short of brutal. Afternoon high temperatures for Friday, Saturday and Sunday will range between 89° and 91° (possibly our hottest in 9 months) with dew points values near 70° (that's downright tropical) pushing heat indices toward 95° during peak heat hours each one of those days. If there's any silver lining here, it's the anticipated lack of rain chances; while we may see a stray shower or two on Friday and Saturday, they are expected to few and far in between, meaning we'll be more than able to take advantage of all that heat and head right for the pool this weekend.