First Warning Forecast: Continuing to track heat and possible storms for Friday

Posted at 12:06 AM, Jul 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-29 00:06:17-04

Tracking showers, storms and a much needed break from the extreme heat….The First Warning Storm team is keeping an eye on the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms. We’re also tracking some heat relief.

Continuing to track showers and thunderstorms overnight. Some thunderstorms may be strong to severe. Heavy rain and gusty winds are the main threats.

Another hot and humid day on tap to end the workweek. Highs in the low to mid 90s with heat index values in the upper 90s to lower 100s. A few widely scattered showers and storms are possible. As we go through the weekend, highs will slip into the lower 90s. It will still feel much hotter because of the humidity. We’ll also have scattered showers and storms in the forecast through the weekend. Some of those storms could be strong.

Heading into the beginning of the workweek, some relief from the extreme heat as temperatures fall into the 80s.

Tonight: Partly Cloudy. Scattered Showers/Storms (20-30%). Lows in the upper 70s. Winds: SSW 5-10 mph.

Tomorrow: Sun and Clouds. Scattered Showers/Storms (25%). Highs in the low 90s. Winds: SW/W 5-15 mph.

Tomorrow night: Slight chance for a shower/storm (20%). Lows in the mid to upper 70s. Winds: N 5-10 mph.

Weather & Health

Pollen: Moderate (Grasses)

UV Index: 10 (Very High)

Air Quality: Moderate (Code Yellow)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Tropical Update

We are watching a tropical wave several hundred miles southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands, near the coast of Africa. Some development of this system is possible during the next few days while it moves generally west at about 15 mph. However, environmental conditions are expected to become less conducive for development early next week when the system is over the central tropical Atlantic.

Formation chance through 48 hours: Low (30%)

Formation chance through 5 days: Medium (40%)

We are also keeping our eyes on a second tropical wave located about 1700 miles southeast of the Leeward Islands, near the coast of Africa. This disturbance is moving westward at about 30 mph. Environmental conditions are expected to become somewhat conducive for development this weekend when the disturbance could move toward the northern Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico.

Formation chance through 48 hours: Low (20%)

Formation chance through 5 days: Low (30%)

April Loveland
First Warning Meteorologist
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