Thursday : Partly cloudy and breezy… cooler and much less humid. High in the upper 70s.
Thursday Night : Partly cloudy and cool, with areas of fog possible. Low in the upper 40s to low 50s.
Friday : Early morning fog, otherwise partly cloudy and comfortable. High in the mid to upper 70s.
We finally did it! Poughkeepsie had a high temperature of 91° on Wednesday… making that the first time we’ve hit the 90° mark this month. It was definitely hot and humid across the Hudson Valley on Wednesday, and as the cold front pushed thru the region… it touched off scattered showers and thunderstorms. As is usually the case during summer thunderstorms… location was everything. Here’s a radar estimate of the rain that fell across the valley on Wednesday. The bulk of the rain was focused from the Hudson River on east, where anywhere from 0.25″ of rain… to well over an inch of rain fell.
In the wake of the cold front, our flow shifts out of the NW… and a light to moderate breeze will bring us a return to cooler temps and low humidity. We’ll see highs in the mid to upper 70s both Thursday and Friday across the area, with very low levels of humidity… the theme of the summer continues. Thursday night looks rather chilly across parts of the valley. You can see by the map at the top of the post, that some upper 40s are possible, especially in the hill towns. Cooler night time temps will become more common as we begin to enter the fall season… so we may get an early fall preview Thursday night.
Weekend Preview… Saturday looks great, more of the same conditions… with partly cloudy skies and afternoon temps right around 80°. Sunday however, we could see the flow shift out of the southwest. That means increasing heat and humidity… as well as a chance of afternoon thunderstorms, and temps back into the mid 80s. A potentially hot finish to the month of August.
In closing tonight, I just want to address a couple fan comments and concerns. When I post the daily recap, or look at specific numbers and data… I always use Poughkeepsie’s statistics. Numerous times over the years, I’ve had fans ask me why do I focus on Poughkeepsie all the time, and not on other parts of the Hudson Valley. The answer is simple actually, it’s that the Dutchess County Airport has a National Weather Service station (KPOU). That station has recorded data since the late 1940s, and is the most reliable local data we have in the Hudson Valley. Outside of Poughkeepsie, the closest historical data is based out of either Albany or NYC. So to give HVW readers a local, historical perspective and comparison… Poughkeepsie is hands down the best option. So… like in today’s post… I talk about hitting 90° for the first time this August. Well, I know from HVW fan Alan, that Ulster Park hit 90° on Tuesday… but Poughkeepsie had to wait until Wednesday to reach that mark. We’ll always do our best to share observations and information from all over the valley… and our forecast always takes the entire valley into consideration. But as you know, the conditions in Poughkeepsie can be dramatically different than conditions in Saugerties, or Middletown, or Westchester. So in order to give you historical perspective… and compare apples to apples… our statistics will be focused on Poughkeepsie.
Ok… time for me to get some sleep. Hope you’re able to have a great Thursday!