It's sad when getting temperatures back to average or even just a couple of degrees below it makes us happy, but that's exactly what we have starting Friday into the rest of your weekend. The lower humidity values will also be nice. Overnight lows will be in the 50s and 60s statewide. Did you know we haven't had a day with below average temperatures since July 14th? That's amazing to go almost an entire month with temperatures well above average.
It's August and you know it will not last long. The heat and humidity will make a return as early as the beginning of next week. But as I said on Daybreak Thursday morning, it looks like the back of the heat wave may have been broken. I want to be clear, there WILL be more hot weather, but I think the extreme, prolonged heat which lasts for days could be finished. I HOPE!!!! WE ALL HOPE!!!
The heat next week looks like it may not last all that long. I don't like forecasting beyond 7 days, but looking at the American GFS model and the European model, there are signs another front could sweep across the state delivering another nice air mass. I urge caution, because this could change drastically, but in a summer like this, we look everywhere we can for lasting relief.
For all those in the 2012 Summer contest, good luck! I'll be updating very often as we only have a few more weeks to go.
Check out the model maps below
|The European upper level map shows the ridge over the western United States with a trough developing again and pushing into the Great Lakes. This pattern COULD bring more relief.|
|The GFS is similar to the European in the upper levels. The ridge is across the west with the developing trough across the Great Lakes.|