Wednesday’s First Warning Forecast: Heat relief on the way

Posted at 5:01 AM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 10:59:30-04

Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast

Last day of extreme heat… Highs will return to the mid 90s today, with afternoon heat index values between 100 and 105. Expect sunshine this morning with clouds developing this afternoon. A “pop-up” shower or storm is possible this afternoon but rain chances will increase a bit tonight as a front starts to move in.

The front will slowly drag through the region through Thursday and into Friday. Expect more clouds with scattered showers and storms both days. The front will also bring a break from the extreme heat. Expect highs in the upper 80s to end the work week. Afternoon heat index values will be in the upper 90s to near 100.

Today: Sun & Clouds, Isolated Showers/Storms(20%). Highs in the mid 90s. Winds: SW 5-15

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

Tomorrow: Partly Sunny, Scattered Showers/Storms(50%). Highs in the upper 80s. Winds: W 5-15

Weather & Health

Pollen: Moderate-High (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: 9 (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)

August 17th

1974 F1 Tornado: Northampton Co

1986 Hurricane Charley

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