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First Warning Forecast: More sunny, cool weather on the way

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Posted at 3:15 PM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-22 15:15:36-04

More sunny, cool weather on the way….If you’ve been waiting for a big break from the extreme heat, then enjoy the next few days.

An area of high pressure will continue to dominate our weather over the next few days, giving way to a lot of sunshine and cooler temperatures. In fact, northerly winds will usher in drier air, meaning it won’t feel as hot or humid outside through at least midweek. So, as we move through our Monday night, expect mostly clear skies. It will be mild and comfortable with low temperatures in the upper 60s.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, our high temperatures will drop a bit, reaching the low and mid 80s on both days. We’ll see more sunshine, and our rain chances will remain low, too.

Highs will climb into the upper 80s to near 90 by the end of the work week. Still, we’ll see plenty of sun. Highs are expected in the mid and upper 80s by the weekend.

Tonight: Mostly Clear and Mild. Low temperatures in the mid 70s. Winds: NE 5-10 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly Sunny. Breezy at times. High temperatures in the low to mid 80s. Winds: NE/E 5-15 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly Sunny and Warm. High temperatures in the low 80s. Winds: NE 5-10 mph.

Weather & Health for Tuesday

Pollen: Moderate-High (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: Very High

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Tropical Update

Fiona weakens to a tropical depression. Fiona is located about 495 miles NNE of the northern Leeward Islands and about 615 miles SSE of Bermuda. Fiona is moving WNW 17 mph and will continue that motion with a gradual decrease in forward speed today and tomorrow. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours, but Fiona could become a post-tropical remnant low in the next day or two.

11:00 AM AST Mon Aug 22 Location: 24.6°N 59.7°W Moving: WNW at 17 mph Min pressure: 1008 mb Max sustained: 35 mph

We are also watching two other systems in the Atlantic…

Shower activity has increased a little over the past 24 hours in association with a tropical wave located about 850 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.  Dry air near this system is expected to slow development during the next couple of days while the disturbance moves westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph. Environmental conditions could become more conducive for development late this week when the system is expected to move near Hispaniola and the southeastern and central Bahamas.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…20 percent

* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…50 percent

Satellite imagery this morning suggests that a tropical depression is forming about 300 miles south-southwest of the southern Cabo Verde Islands, and if current trends continue, advisories would be initiated later today.  This system is expected to move westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph over the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…high…near 100 percent

* Formation chance through 5 days…high…near 100 percent

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Dominic Brown

First Warning Meteorologist

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