Good Sunday morning, everyone. Many of us had to put up with a hot and humid day yesterday while a few spots got to cool down a little earlier yesterday evening with those isolated t-storms along the I-44 corridor. For today, we’re not worried about t-storm chances and we’re all going to stay out of the heat to wrap up the weekend. The surface map below shows us on the back side of the cold front. The northerly breeze will continue to bring in drier air and keep us out of the 90s for today.
Upstairs at the jet stream level, we also had a quick upper-level shortwave ride along the northwest flow of the main jet. The wave that gave us the t-storm chances yesterday evening has moved on to our southeast and we’re seeing the upper-level ridge continue to retreat into the Desert Southwest. With the retreating ridge, the jet stream on top of us will shift to our southwest and bring in cooler than normal temperatures for the week ahead of us.
Under quiet skies, we’re all off to a mild start this morning with lows back in the 60s. While mostly sunny skies will stick with us for the rest of the morning, we’ll see some partly sunny skies return as we work into the afternoon. Despite that, today is looking really good for any and all outdoor plans. We’ll push into the lower 80s by the noon hour and still be able to warm into the middle to upper 80s for afternoon highs across the area.
Once we get past a quiet evening and a mild start to our Monday morning, the jet stream to our west will keep temperatures a little cooler than normal for the afternoon. With a possible weak wave riding along the northwest flow of the jet for Monday afternoon, that could bring in an isolated t-storm in a spot or two. Otherwise, we’ll stay partly sunny and warm with highs in the upper 80s.
Tuesday is looking like the pick day of the week with morning lows in the middle 60s and highs in the middle 80s under partly sunny skies. Once we get into Wednesday and Thursday, the upper-level setup will dictate how the setup will look. With a few more waves riding along the northwest flow of the jet, we can’t rule out a few isolated t-storms for both of those afternoons. Otherwise, we’ll keep warm under partly sunny skies with highs in the middle 80s.
Once we get into next weekend and that following week, we’ll have the typical summer heat of middle to late August eager to return. For a look at how the rest of the month and much of September is shaping up, Doug has you covered with his long range forecast down below.
Have a great Sunday!
Long range forecast into September:
August 23rd-29th: Mainly a hot week with temperatures near 90 if not low to mid 90s. Scattered thunderstorms on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
August 30th-September 5th: Most of the week will be warm with 80s for highs. Heating up a bit heading into the holiday weekend. Scattered thunderstorm chances continue just about each and every day.
September 6th-12th: Mainly a warm week with highs into the 80s. We will cool down a bit by the weekend which will be nice. Slight chances for thunderstorms on Labor Day and Tuesday. Then scattered thunderstorms again on Thursday and Friday with a cold front shifting through the area.
September 13th-19th: A warm start but most of the week will be mild. Thunderstorms with a cold front on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The rest of the week will be dry and nice!