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Saturday’s First Warning Forecast: Warm and humid conditions on tap

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Posted at 11:32 PM, Aug 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-26 23:34:15-04

The First Warning Storm Team is tracking heat and humidity through the weekend.

Overnight, expect a few clouds with lows in the low to mid 70s.

Warm and humid weather will continue across the area this weekend. High temperatures will warm to the upper 80s on Saturday and into the mid-80s on Sunday. A mixture of sun and clouds for both days with low rain chances. Temperatures will start to climb once again, heading into next week. Rain chances will still be slim, but will increase to around a 20 percent chance.

One thing to keep in mind if you’re heading to the beach next week. There will be an increasing risk for dangerous rip currents. Long periods of swells are expected to increase due to tropical storm Gaston well offshore. Keep an eye out for red flags and exercise caution.

Tonight: A few clouds. Warm. Low temperatures in the lower 70s. Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. Warm and humid. High temperatures in the upper 80s. Winds: NE 5-15 mph.

Weather & Health

Pollen: Moderate-High (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: Very High

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Extreme


Tropical Update

Gaston  is located about 915 mile ESE of Bermuda and about 990 miles NE of the Northern Leeward Islands. The storm is moving NW at 15 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected to become a hurricane again on Saturday.

We’re also watching….

Heavy rains with the potential to cause flash flooding and mudslides, are likely to continue over Hispaniola tonight and Saturday. This activity is expected to continue over eastern and central Cuba through the weekend.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…20 percent

* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…50 percent

A weak area of disturbed weather is located over the north-central Gulf of Mexico associated with a trough of low pressure.  Conditions are not expected to be favorable for development before it reaches the coast of Texas over the weekend.

* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…10 percent

* Formation chance through 5 days…low…10 percent

An area of disturbed weather, associated with a broad area of low pressure, has formed a couple hundred miles south of Bermuda. Little motion is expected during the next couple days. Development of this system, if any, is likely to be slow to occur due to dry air near this system.

*Formation chance through 48 hours…low…10 percent

*Formation chance through 5 days…low…20 percent

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April Loveland
First Warning Meteorologist
WTKR-TV News 3
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