We have one more warm day, and then temperatures crash….more or less. Highs today will be in the low/mid 80s, but it will be dry out. We may catch an isolated shower or storm later today, but the chance is low. Winds will be southwest at 10-15mph. This will be out ahead of the next cold front and should keep the dry air pumping in.
With the relatively dry air the rain should mostly be confined to right along the front where there is more lift. The front will move closer this evening into the overnight. So we will see scattered showers and storms then. It could impact a few of the football games tonight so take a jacket and/or umbrella. Overnight lows will drop to the 50s. Tomorrow we’ll be on the cold side of the front. So high temperatures will only be in the mid 60s. The powerful upper level low from the Midwest will sit right on top of us. So we will have partly to mostly cloudy skies and there will be a few sprinkles at least. There may even be a (few) light showers in the afternoon. We’ll have another surge of cooler/colder air on Sunday. Lows will be in the upper 40s to low 50s and highs will be in the low/mid 60s. I’m calling for partly cloudy skies, but if the upper level low hangs back, then we may see an increase in clouds and a few showers again. For now I’ll stick with partly cloudy. Highs will still be in the 60s on Monday. Then low 70s by Tuesday.
In the tropics Ophelia must have had some coffee recently. It has grown to a category 2 hurricane with winds near 100mph. It was about 700 miles SSE of Bermuda on a slow NNW track. It is expected to pass east of Bermuda by Saturday, and it could possibly still be a category 2 hurricane. Since that change has been made, Bermuda will see some stronger impacts despite being on the good side of the storm. They will see some strong gusty winds and high waves. I doubt the sustained winds will be that bad though. We could get some higher waves here in our regionfrom Saturday through Monday. Especially since Ophelia has strengthened. Might be good for surfers with wet suits.
Philippe is maintaining some strength. It had winds of 45mph and was farther east than Ophelia. It is expected to stay on a westerly track for the next 5 days. This will let it cross Ophelia’s old path which could cause some weakening. The long range models mostly keep it out to sea or dissipate it, but there are a couple which take it farther west. I’m still not too concerned about it, but it is now worth watching over the next 3-5 days. Stay tuned! Wow! I really am getting tired of saying those 2 words.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler