First Warning Forecast: Showers and storms will bring slightly cooler temps

Posted at 3:13 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 15:13:21-04

Showers and storms will bring slightly cooler temps….We’re finally going to catch a break from the extreme heat over the next several days. But have your rain gear handy. Showers and storms are in the forecast.

As we move through our Wednesday evening, a few scattered showers and storms are possible as a front to our north gets a bit closer to the area. Any storms that develop could produce heavy rain and localized flooding.  A few storms are possible tonight as well. Otherwise, we’ll see partly cloudy skies. Low temperatures will be in the upper 70s.

The front will slowly push through our area Thursday and Friday. As a result, we will see scattered showers and thunderstorms. Any storms that develop could produce heavy rain and gusty winds. Localized flooding will be a concern. Because of the rain, we’ll see temperatures taking a dip into the upper 80s and lower 90s on Thursday. Most areas will be in the upper 80s on Friday. Heat index values will be between 95 and 100.

By the weekend, the 80s will stick around. A few showers and storms are also possible.

Tonight: Partly Cloudy. Scattered Showers/Storms (30%). Lows in the upper 70s. Winds: SW 5-15 mph.

Thursday: Partly Sunny. Scattered Showers/Storms (40%). Highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s. Winds: W 5-15 mph.

Friday: Partly Sunny. Scattered Showers/Storms (30%). Highs in the upper 80s. Winds: W 5-10 mph.

Weather & Health for Thursday

Pollen: Moderate (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: Very High

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Tropical Update

Tropical Depression Six is expected to become a tropical storm later today. TD 6 is located about 840 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands and is moving WNW at 15 mph. This motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Slow strengthening is forecast over the next day or two. TD 6 will likely become tropical storm Fiona later today.

11:00 AM AST Wed Aug 17

Location: 14.0°N 36.4°W

Moving: WNW at 15 mph

Min pressure: 1006 mb

Max sustained: 35 mph

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

1974 F1 Tornado: Northampton Co

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