Weekly Outlook August 15-21, 2016

Cold fronts and warm fronts commonly pass through our area every few days during most of the year, except in the summer. During the summer, since the jet stream is usually fairly far to the north, we may see a frontal passage once a week, sometimes even less frequently. This week, that will not be the case. We’re going to have several frontal passages. Oh, it’ll be the same front the first few times, but it’ll come through several times.

By now, you’re probably pretty confused, so we’ll explain. Late on Sunday, we had a cold front move across the region. As high pressure builds in behind it, drier weather will settle in on Monday. Meanwhile, that front will stall out to our south. As the high slides offshore, southerly winds around the high will send that front back northward, this time as a warm front. as a result, the humidity will return on Tuesday. Some showers and thunderstorms will likely accompany the warm front. A wave of low pressure will then ride along this front on Wednesday, which will send it back across the region, this time as a cold front (again). At this point, we’re probably done with that front, but wait, there’s another one coming! That one will also be a cold front. It may trigger a few showers and thunderstorms late Thursday or early Friday before it moves through.That front will most likely stall out to our south, but for now at least, it doesn’t look like it comes back this way. Instead, high pressure builds in for next weekend, with cooler conditions, thanks to easterly winds off the Atlantic. So, to recap, one front comes through three times, and a second one comes through one. Got it? Good. (Just be glad we didn’t have any occluded fronts to deal with.)

Just remember, things could be worse. You could live in Louisiana, where up to 30″ of rain fell just last week. Image provided by WeatherBell.

Monday: Partly to mostly sunny and less humid. High 84-91.

Monday night: Partly cloudy. Low 64-71.

Tuesday: A mix of sun and clouds, humid, chance for showers and thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon. High 81-88.

Tuesday night: Partly to mostly cloudy, a few lingering showers and storms, mainly in the evening. Low 68-75.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, slight chance for a shower or thunderstorm. High 80-87.

Thursday: A mix of sun and clouds. High 83-90.

Friday: Partly sunny, chance for showers and thunderstorms. High 80-87.

Saturday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a chance for showers. High 77-84.

Sunday: More clouds than sunshine, a shower or two is possible. High 76-83.

Dewpoints in the 50s Monday afternoon? Sounds good to us! Don’t worry, the bad hair days return on Tuesday. Image provided by Pivotal Weather.

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