First Warning Forecast: Get ready for more heat and humidity

Posted at 1:34 PM, Aug 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 13:34:34-04

Get ready for more heat and humidity….We hope you’ve enjoyed our break from the extreme heat because we’re tracking much warmer weather.

An area of high pressure will continue to impact our weather over the next few days. But as it slides offshore and our winds become more southerly, we’ll see our temperatures going up. This afternoon, expect southerly winds to help boost our high temperatures into the mid and upper 80s. It will feel hotter as our humidity levels go up, too.  We’ll see mostly sunny skies. Tonight, we’re expecting mostly clear skies with low temperatures in the lower 70s.

On Friday, it’s heating up even more. Highs will be in the lower 90s. However, it will feel more like the upper 90s because of the humidity. Some areas will have heat index values in the triple digits as well. We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds for most of the day, and rain chances will remain very slim. A weak cold front will approach the area late Friday, but it will likely not have much impact on our forecast. By Saturday afternoon, highs will climb into the upper 80s. We’ll be in the mid 80s on Sunday. Again, it will feel hotter this weekend because of the humidity. Highs will be in the mid and upper 80s through the middle of next week.

Today: Mostly Sunny. Warmer. Highs in the mid to upper 80s. Winds: SW/SE 5-10 mph.

Tonight: A Few Clouds. Lows in the low 70s. Winds: S 5-10 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly Sunny to Partly Cloudy. Warmer. Highs in the low 90s. Winds: SW/SE 5-10 mph.

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Moderate-High (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: 9 (Very High)

Air Quality: Moderate (Code Yellow)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Tropical Update

Gaston weakens to a tropical storm over the central Atlantic. Gaston is about 1160 miles ENE of the Leeward Islands and moving NW at 17 mph. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 70 mph with higher gusts, and some additional weakening is possible today. However, some re-strengthening is expected to begin Friday night, and Gaston could become a hurricane again on Saturday. As of now, Gaston is no threat to land and is expected to track east of Bermuda by Monday.

We are still watching an area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave centered just southeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands. This system could still become a tropical cyclone during the next couple of days. Environmental conditions have the potential to become more conducive for development over the weekend when the system is near the central or northwestern Bahamas.

* Formation chance through 48 hours: Medium (50%)

* Formation chance through 5 days: High (80%)

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Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

1985 Heavy Rain: 3.12″ Salisbury

Dominic Brown
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