Storm chances increase as we start the weekend

Forecast

More storms over the weekend even as the heat wave breaks...

EVENING: Hot and Humid. Stray PM T-Storm. Hi 94.

TONIGHT: Partly Cloudy, Stray Shower/Storm, Muggy. Lo 74.

FRIDAY: Hot and Humid, Hit-Or-Miss PM Storms. Hi 91.

Thursday’s high of 92 degrees makes today the 5th straight day of 90 degree heat. Storms will be limited this evening, with stray storms developing along the ridges. A stray storm is still possible overnight with very warm and humid conditions lasting into Friday morning.

Plan for another 90 degree day for Friday with increasing chances for storms as we head into Friday evening. Any storms that do develop will be slow moving and could lead to heavy heavy for select areas. Friday night stays cloudy with stray showers. These clouds last into Saturday morning, which will limit our afternoon temperatures into the 80s. Despite the break from the extreme heat, I still expect scattered storms to develop Saturday afternoon and evening.

Storm chances continue into Sunday, however, storm coverage will likely be less. Monday’s storms will also be stray with a dry and less humid day for Tuesday.

Our extended forecast will be determined by newly formed Tropical Storm Ida. This storm is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico and make landfall along the Gulf coast this weekend. Model guidance suggests some of this moisture could track eastward into the Midstate toward the middle of next week. We’ll keep you posted.

-Meteorologist Eric Finkenbinder

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