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Near Summer Time Temps Later This Week….

Enjoy these beautiful sunny days with highs in the 80s, because they are not going anywhere for a few days.  Upper level ridging continues to build over the region in response to a digging trough over the Southwest U.S.  This will continue to usher in warmer and more humid air with return flow from the Gulf of Mexico.  Highs for Wednesday and Thursday will be in the mid to even upper 80s.

By Friday, the ridging begins to break down as the main trough shears out and a lagging shortwave kicks out of the Southwest.  This will help spark some isolated storms for the region on Friday, but Saturday will likely feature better coverage at around 40-50%.  Current consensus is that some places may not see any rain and some could see on an order of one half inch of rain.  This will not be a flooding/heavy rainfall event, but do not be surprised to see some rain this weekend, particularly Saturday.

This shortwave will kick east of the region, clearing a large portion of the rainfall out.  I have opted to keep isolated shower and thunderstorm chances in for Sunday and keeping a very isolated shower chance for Monday.  A reinforcing shortwave on Monday could spark a shower or two, but will bring in some slightly cooler and drier air for Monday.  Morning lows may dip back into the 50s with highs topping about 80 degrees.  Things clear for later next week with near normal temps (highs near 80 and lows near 60).