QUIET AFTERNOON: As forecast, the radar is very quiet this afternoon. The sky is mostly sunny, and temperatures are in the mid 90s across the area with heat indices well in the triple digits. There are a few showers for the counties to the northeast, but, those will dissipate by sunset.
THE WEEKEND: Get ready for tomorrow and Sunday to be the hottest days of the year. Highs for the weekend will be in the triple digit mark for most places with heat indices in the 105-110°+ range with mostly sunny skies. Despite potential cloud cover Sunday, it will not be sufficient to suppress the continuing heat, so the Heat Advisory has been extended until Sunday evening. Some places that do not see clouds on Sunday will reach Excessive Heat Warning criteria, and an upgrade to that may be warranted. One way or another, prepare for the hottest weekend of the year.
NEXT WEEK: Not much change to the weather forecast. Mostly sunny skies, oppressive heat, highs in the low 100s with heat indices in the triple digits, and non-zero rain chances continue. You may see slight fluctuations in temperature, but, you will not feel the difference.
TROPICS: Tropical Storm Fay is moving into New Jersey; maximum sustained winds are 60 mph. Flash flood warnings are in effect for the New York City boroughs this afternoon, where heavy rain continues to fall. The remnant circulation will move into Eastern Canada tomorrow. The rest of the Atlantic basin, including the Gulf of Mexico, remains very quiet for now. Keep in mind the peak of the hurricane season comes in August and September.
ON THIE DATE IN 2005: Dennis made landfall as a category three hurricane near Navarre Beach. The hurricane had reached Category 4 strength for the third time earlier in the day on July 10 as it approached Florida, attaining its lowest barometric pressure of 27.46?. This ranked Dennis as the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic basin to form before August; however, this record was broken just six days later by Hurricane Emily, which surpassed Dennis and attained Category 5 status.
Colin Welty will continue the blog update this weekend. I will be on vacation next week, so, Logan and Colin will hold down the daily blogs next week. Expect MY next blog update on Monday, July 20th... Enjoy the weekend!!!
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