THIS EVENING: Hot & Humid, Late Evening Storms (After 9 PM). Temperatures near 90°.
TONIGHT: Partly Cloudy, Muggy. Lo 76.
FRIDAY: Hot & Humid, Scattered PM T-Storms. Hi 96.
***10:45pm Update A line of strong to severe storms are moving through the area. Very heavy rain, damaging winds and LOTS of lightning associated with these storms. Expect these storms to continue eastward through midnight. ***
Today has featured even hotter weather with highs in the upper 90s! The humidity across PA has helped some storms to develop for the northern half of the state. However, there has not been much storm activity yet for Central PA. This may change over the evening hours as the next pulse of energy arrives over northwestern PA. A severe storm watch is in effect for all counties expect for Adams, York, and Lancaster Counties through 8 PM. This may be canceled early if the storms never develop. Through 7 PM we do not expect a lot of activity, so for now the warmth and humidity will continue to dominate.
A cold front will approach Central PA on Friday, offering another good chance for showers and storms, especially late in the day. Friday will also be the last brutally hot day (highs in the upper 90s again!) with more comfortable air moving in for the weekend. Saturday will still be hot with some stray storms as the front lingers nearby. Sunday will bring some relief with much less humidity and lots of sunshine! Highs will be in the mid-80s.
Next week is all about Tropical Depression Fred and a very slow-moving weather pattern. This storm will move toward the Gulf Coast early next week and could move northward by Tuesday. There is still a lot of uncertainty due to Fred for next week, so check back and we’ll keep you posted. Heavy rain is on the table, but not a certainty. Persistent days of rain chances are also on the table as the moisture could be slow to move out of the region. Stay tuned.
-Meteorologist Dan Tomaso