First Warning Forecast: Clearing skies, calming winds and warming temperatures

Posted at 6:04 AM, Sep 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-20 12:20:30-04

The First Warning Storm Team is tracking warmer temperatures, sunshine and low rain chances.

After the gloom that many of us have seen over the past couple of days, we’ll finally see some sunshine today! Skies will clear as the day progresses thanks to high pressure to our west. Temperatures will warm to the mid and upper 80s. Some inland areas could reach 90, which is unseasonably warm for this time of year.  It will be a little on the humid side making temperatures feel a few degrees warmer. We could see some minor tidal flooding today around 10:00 am at Sewell’s point. You may have to take an alternate route if you are traveling in an area prone to tidal flooding. Jose continues to track toward the northeast pulling away from us.

High pressure will stay in place through the end of the work week, which means dry weather. Skies will be clear to partly cloudy tonight with low near 70. We’ll continue with a nice dry pattern for Thursday and Friday with mostly sunny skies. Highs will warm to the lower 80s. Pretty much the same story for the weekend. Looking warm and dry under partly to mostly sunny skies.

As for next week, we will be keeping a close eye on Maria. Right now, it is still too far out to tell what kind of impact, or if the storm will impact the east coast.

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Moderate (Ragweed)

UV Index: 7 (High)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Tropical Update

Jose is moving toward the northeast near 8 mph, and this general motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected to continue through tonight.  A slow westward motion is expected to begin on Thursday.  On the forecast track, the center of Jose is expected to pass well to the east of the New Jersey coast today, and pass offshore of southeastern Massachusetts on Thursday.

11:00 AM EDT Wed Sep 20
Location: 39.0°N 70.0°W
Moving: NE at 8 mph
Min pressure: 976 mb
Max sustained: 70 mph

Maria is still a category 4 hurricane and is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph and this general motion with a gradual decrease in forward speed is expected through early Friday.  On the forecast track, the center of Maria will move offshore of the northern coast of Puerto Rico during the next couple of hours.  The center will then pass offshore of the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic tonight and Thursday and then move near the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas Thursday night and Friday.

11:00 AM AST Wed Sep 20
Location: 18.4°N 66.5°W
Moving: NW at 12 mph
Min pressure: 930 mb
Max sustained: 140 mph

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