Friday’s First Warning Forecast: Hot again today, rain for the weekend

Posted at 5:20 AM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 11:05:10-04

Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast

Tracking rain and a cool down for the weekend… Highs will return to near 90 this afternoon, very similar to yesterday. With the humidity, it will feel more like the upper 90s to near 100 this afternoon. We will see mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies today. Isolated showers and storms will fire up this afternoon. Severe weather is unlikely but heavy downpours and thunderstorms are possible.

A front will stall out over the Mid-Atlantic this weekend, bringing more clouds and rain. Rain chances will build on Saturday with scattered showers and storms likely through the afternoon. Highs will drop into the mid 80s on Saturday. We will see mostly cloudy skies on Sunday for more scattered showers/storms. Highs will fall into the low 80s on Sunday, near normal for this time of year.

Scattered showers and storms will linger into early next week with highs warming back into the mid to upper 80s. We will be focused on the track of Florence next week. If it moves our way, we would be looking at the second half of next week.

Today: Partly Cloudy, Isolated Showers/Storms (20%). Highs in the upper 80s. Winds: W/N/E 5-10

Tonight: Partly Cloudy, Isolated Showers/Storms (20%). Lows in the mid 70s. Winds: SE/S 5-10

Tomorrow: Mix of Clouds, Scattered Showers/Storms (60%). Highs in the mid 80s. Winds: W/N/E 5-10

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Moderate-High (Ragweed)

UV Index: 8 (Very High)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

September 7th

1876 Hurricane: Strong Winds, coastal Flooding Northeast North Carolina

Tropical Update

Tropical Storm Florence expected to restrengthen over the weekend. Florence is centered about 935 miles ESE of Bermuda and moving west at 8 mph. This general motion is expected to continue through Sunday. A WNW motion with an increase in forward speed is forecast over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean early next week.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph with higher gusts. Little change in intensity is expected during the next day or so, but restrengthening is forecast over the weekend. Florence could become a hurricane again by Saturday night or Sunday.

11:00 AM AST Fri Sep 7

Location: 25.0°N 51.8°W

Moving: W at 8 mph

Min pressure: 996 mb

Max sustained: 65 mph

“Potential Tropical Cyclone Eight” is forming off the coast of Africa. This system is about 460 miles ESE of the Cabo Verde Islands and moving west at 10 mph. On the forecast track, the disturbance is expected to move near the southern Cabo Verde Islands on Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 72 hours, and the system is expected to become a tropical depression or tropical storm later today.

11:00 AM AST Fri Sep 7

Location: 13.1°N 17.8°W

Moving: W at 10 mph

Min pressure: 1004 mb

Max sustained: 35 mph

We are tracking an area of low pressure centered about 650 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands that has become more concentrated over the past couple of hours. This system is expected to become a tropical depression later today or tonight while it moves slowly westward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

* Formation chance through 48 hours: High (90%).

* Formation chance through 5 days: High (90%).

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