Thursday saw a high temperature of 80° in Poughkeepsie, 5 degrees cooler than the average for this time of year. Nobody was complaining however, as the low humidity meant an end to the severe weather threat. Parts of the area did get hit pretty hard, check out the Severe Weather Recap that Alex posted last night for some wild pictures of the storm damage. Now, the weather has cleared, and we look toward the weekend…
Friday: Mostly sunny with low humidity. High in the low 80s.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy and comfortably cool. Low in the mid 50s.
Saturday: Partly cloudy with an isolated afternoon thundershower possible. High in the mid 80s. Chance of rain 30%
Those of us who are lucky enough to get an early start to the weekend, will be greatly rewarded with a flawless day of weather on Friday. Lots of sunshine, low humidity, low 80s… I challenge you to do better. That theme carries on into Saturday, but the atmosphere could become a touch unsettled by the afternoon. A spotty pop up storm could develop Saturday afternoon, but the majority of the area should remain dry until after sunset on Saturday. The chance for scattered showers and thundershowers look to increase Saturday night… and it could remain unsettled heading into Sunday. Something for those with plans Saturday night and Sunday to keep an eye on.
I’m sure to many of you, it feels like the summer of 2014 has been a very cool summer. That’s largely due to having many days with low humidity, and only a few days where temperatures reached 90° (5 times so far in 2014). If you don’t like the heat and humidity, you’re loving this summer. If you’re the type of person who hates winter, and loves a hot summer day at the beach, then this summer may be leaving you wanting more.
So, what’s it going to be? Can we expect more cool weather? Or will we see a heat wave… making it feel more like summer?
Above is the GFS model projection out from now thru July 31st. It shows how the forecast temperatures will stack up against the averages for this time of year. The big take away from this image, is that the eastern 2/3 of United States will be below average for the time period. That doesn’t mean that every single day will be below average… but when looking at the next 7 days as a whole… much of the country will be 2° to 5° Celsius below normal (4.0° to 8.0° Fahrenheit). For the Hudson Valley specifically (yellow star on map), that means instead of afternoon highs in the mid 80s… we’re going to see temps struggle to reach 80° on many days next week.
Those of you waiting for a heat wave… so that you can enjoy some summertime weather… are going to have to continue to wait. There is no sign of a heat wave anywhere in the US over the next 7 days… and that trend looks poised to last into early August.