First Warning Forecast: Another soggy stretch this week

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Posted at 5:07 AM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 08:36:43-04

Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast

Nice today, rain returns tomorrow… Highs will warm to the upper 80s today, about 5 degrees warmer than yesterday. We will see a nice mix of sun and clouds. A stray shower is possible, but most areas will stay dry.

A stationary front will move in and stall out across the Southeast for the end of the week. We will see more clouds with a bigger chance for showers and storms for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Highs will linger in the mid 80s.

Scattered showers and storms will continue for the weekend, with heat and humidity building. Expect highs in the upper 80s with afternoon heat index values in the mid to upper 90s.

Today: Partly Cloudy. Highs in the upper 80s. Winds: W 5-10

Tonight: Partly Cloudy. Lows in the low 70s. Winds: S 5-10

Tomorrow: Mix of Clouds, Scattered Showers/Storms. Highs in the mid 80s. Winds: S/E 5-10

Weather & Health

Pollen: Medium (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: 9 (Very High)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

August 18th

1879 Hurricane - "The Great Tempest": Eye passed 50 miles east of Norfolk

1986 F0 Tornado: Northampton Co

1996 F0 Tornado: Worcester Co

Tropical Update
We are watching two areas in the Atlantic for potential tropical development…

A tropical wave over the eastern Caribbean Sea is producing an area of disorganized thunderstorms and gusty winds. Significant development of this system is unlikely during the next couple of days while it moves west at about 20 mph across the eastern and central Caribbean Sea. A tropical depression could form late this week or this weekend when it reaches the northwestern Caribbean Sea.
* Formation chance through 48 hours: Low (20%)
* Formation chance through 5 days: Medium (60%)

A broad area of low pressure located about 900 miles WSW of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing a concentrated area of showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions are conducive for further development, and a tropical depression is likely to form within the next couple of days while the system moves west to WNW at 15 to 20 mph across the central and western portions of the tropical Atlantic.
* Formation chance through 48 hours: High (70%)
* Formation chance through 5 days: High (90%)

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