First Warning Forecast: Tracking our next chance of rain and triple-digit heat

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Posted at 3:27 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 23:30:52-04

Meteorologist April Loveland's First Warning Forecast

Expect lows in the low 70s under mostly cloudy skies and a slight chance of showers overnight.

Meteorological Fall starts on Tuesday. A coastal low will continue to bring us a chance for showers and storms Tuesday. Highs will warm to the low and mid 80s. Even though temperatures will be very similar to the past few days, it will feel a bit warmer due to the humidity.

Heat and humidity continue to build into midweek. Expect highs around the 90 degree mark on Wednesday, but it will feel closer to the triple digits. Thursday will be the hottest day of the week with a high of 94, with a heat index value of 100-105 degrees.

A cold front will move in on Friday bringing a chance for some showers and storms. It will still be hot with highs in the low 90s. Once the cold front moves through, we will get to enjoy a comfortable start to the holiday weekend. Saturday will feature lower humidity and highs in the low and mid 80s along with plenty of sunshine. Sunday will also be comfortable with highs in the low and mid 80s.

Tropical Update:

Tropical Depression Fifteen is located about 140 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Max sustained winds: 35 mph

Moving NE at 14 mph

A turn to the east-northeast is expected to occur on Tuesday, and this general motion should continue for a few days. The depression is not forecast to strengthen much, but it could become a tropical storm on Tuesday. Little, if any, additional strengthening is forecast thereafter, and a weakening trend is expected to begin on Wednesday night.

Showers and thunderstorms have increased this evening in association with a broad area of low pressure over the central Caribbean Sea. However, satellite-derived winds indicated earlier today that there is no closed circulation. Environmental conditions are expected to gradually become more conducive for development, and a tropical depression is likely to form during the next couple of days while the system moves westward at 15 to 20 mph.

* Formation chance through 2 days: HIGH (70%)

* Formation chance through 5 days: HIGH (80%)

A tropical wave is expected to emerge off the coast of Africa in a day or so. Gradual development of this system will be possible through the end of the week while it moves slowly westward over the far eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean.

* Formation chance through 2 days: (0%)

* Formation chance through 5 days: (30%)

Meteorologist April Loveland

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