Thursday’s First Warning Forecast: Cooler, breezy, and a few showers

Posted at 5:27 AM, Sep 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 11:13:42-04

Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast

A cooler end to the week… A cold front will build through the Mid-Atlantic today, increasing our cloud cover and rain chances. Expect a mix of partly to mostly cloudy skies with more sun in the morning and more clouds in the afternoon. Isolated showers are possible but are not expected to be widespread or heavy. Winds will shift to the north and NE, bringing in cooler air. Expect highs near 80 today, about 10 degrees cooler than yesterday but near normal for this time of year. It will also be breezy today with winds increasing this afternoon. Gusts to near 20 mph are possible.

The mix of clouds with isolated showers will continue for Friday. Highs will only reach into the upper 70s tomorrow afternoon. It will still be windy with NE winds at 10 to 20 with gusts to near 25 mph.

Highs will warm back into the low and mid 80s this weekend. We will see a nice mix of sun and clouds for most of the weekend. Another cold front is set to move in late Sunday and into Monday, increasing our chances for showers and storms.

We are keeping an eye on Julia, lingering off of the SC and GA coast. Julia and the leftovers will slowly drift off the coastline for the next several days. Most of the rain from Julia is expected to stay to our south.

Today: Partly to Mostly Cloudy, Isolated Showers (20%), Cooler, Breezy. Highs near 80. Winds: N/NE 5-15+

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Isolated Showers (20%). Lows near 70. Winds: NE 10-15

Tomorrow: Partly to Mostly Cloudy, Isolated Showers (20%), Windy. Highs in the upper 70s. Winds: E 10-20+

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Moderate-High (Ragweed)

UV Index: 7 (High)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Tropical Update

Tropical Depression Julia drifts off of the South Carolina coast. TD Julia is centered about 125 miles ESE of Charleston, SC and moving east at 8 mph. A decrease in forward speed is expected later today, followed by a slow and erratic motion offshore of the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina tonight through Saturday. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours as Julia encounters unfavorable upper-level winds.

Tropical Depression Twelve continues moving west across the tropical Atlantic. TD 12 is centered about 440 miles WNW of the Cabo Verde Islands and moving west at 13 mph. A motion toward the west or WSW is expected during the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Tropical Storm Ian continues moving over the central Atlantic. Ian is about 880 miles ENE of Bermuda and moving NE at 24 mph. This motion is expected to continue with an increase in forward speed during the next 24 to 36 hours. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 36 hours, and Ian is expected to become a storm-force extratropical low on Friday.

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