A ‘Heat Wave’ is defined as 3 consecutive days with temperatures at or above 90°. Poughkeepsie hit 96° on Sunday… reached 93° on Monday… can we go for the hat trick, and have an official Heat Wave?…
If the forecast data is correct… the answer is yes. Another scorcher is projected across the Hudson Valley for Tuesday. Many parts of the region should be right around the 90° mark… with the Catskills staying cooler, in the low to mid 80s.
In addition to the heat on Tuesday, we’ll have the increasing threat of thunderstorms late in the day…
A cold front will approach from the west during the afternoon… and that will allow a line of T-storms to form along the frontal boundary. The line of storms will be primarily fueled by the heating of the day… so exactly how potent these storms get, remains to be seen. The front reaches the Hudson Valley late in the afternoon and during the early evening hours. The best chance for storms appears to be between 4pm and 8pm, so keep an eye on the radar if you have outdoor plans on Tuesday afternoon.
The front should pass thru by mid evening… and that will transition into a cool northwest wind, much drier air, and comfortable sleeping weather for Tuesday night. A very welcome change for many of us. But it doesn’t end there… the entire remainder of the week, and into the weekend… looks fantastic! Just take a look at the HVW 5 Day Forecast… sunshine, low humidity, and temps in the low to mid 80s… for several days in a row! This is all thanks to a huge ridge of high pressure that will park itself over the eastern half of the United States, allowing our flow to come from Canada. Great weather for outdoor activities, beginning Wednesday… and likely lasting into the weekend.
Billy’s Banter / Monday Recap
Some incredible heat the past 2 days… as we’ve hit 96° and 93° in Poughkeepsie. After going the entire summer without reaching 90°… we’re 1 day away from a heat wave. But the weather that is on the way… looks stellar! After the heat and humidity… Wednesday thru Friday will feel like a dream for many of us. I personally can’t wait!
Looking back to Sunday’s severe weather in Columbia County… the National Weather Service confirmed straight line wind damage.
There was rotation indicated on radar… and as a result, a Tornado Warning. A funnel cloud was even spotted by local weather spotters. With all of that said, however… the damage on the ground was produced by straight line wind damage, associated with a downburst. As we saw in Gardiner earlier this summer… these types of storms can be every bit as damaging as a tornado. Thankfully… nobody was hurt in Sunday’s event.
On that note… another day is in the books. Stay cool, stay hydrated… and have a Terrific Tuesday, Hudson Valley!