RIGHT NOW: What a fantastic morning start! Most spots were in the 50s and low 60s as we started the day, and temperatures as of 6 PM ET look like this:
There isn't a heat index out there today with the very dry air that's in place. Tonight, look for a mostly clear sky with more quiet weather. It won't be as cool as last night, but low and mid 60s are a good possibility.
NICE THURSDAY: Thursday will start off with some very pleasant weather with highs in the afternoon making it back up to the upper 80s and lower 90s. I think we'll see more clouds around than we had today, so we'll go with a partly cloudy afternoon. The winds will be switching around out of the east, so the moisture levels are likely to be a little higher out there tomorrow.
CHANGES COMING: Our winds start to switch around the east on Thursday, and we'll see the product of that as we head into Friday and Saturday with moisture levels on the way up. This will mean an increase in clouds and an increase in humidity values. We'll put the rain chance at 10% on Friday, so the weather should be mostly dry for high school football games, though it will be more humid than the past few days with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s. By the weekend, we'll bring the rain coverage back up to 30% with hit or miss showers during the afternoon and evening and more clouds than sun at times.
NEXT WEEK / TROPICS: We put these topics together because they are definitely dependent on one another! We'll first show you specifics on Tropical Storm Erika and the 5-day track from the National Hurricane Center:
It puts Erika as a minimal hurricane on the east coast of Florida by 2 PM on Monday. There is still a good bit of uncertainty when it comes to the 5-day track, so anywhere in the 'cone' could be under the gun. Beyond that, some computer models bring Erika into Florida and Georgia, while others curve it back out to sea with no major impact on the state. Given the uncertainty, we'll go with a fairly standard summer forecast for the middle and end of next week for now, but stay tuned for big changes - increases in rain/wind if Erika moves onshore and close to our area, or more sunshine and lower humidity if it is able to drag down cooler and drier air as it moves up the East Coast or out to sea!
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Chief Meteorologist Derek Kinkade, WTVM / WXTX