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Today will mark the hottest and driest day of the workweek, courtesy of offshore flow and high pressure located to our south and west. This will keep the storm coverage to a minimum this afternoon, although there still could be some isolated cells popping up in the heat of the day. The chance for rain today has been lowered to 20 percent as a result.
The drier air will help temperatures heat up considerably this afternoon. Highs will climb into the mid-90s throughout the interior; without much of a sea breeze to provide relief, even coastal areas will climb well into the 90s. The combination of heat and humidity will yield to “feels like” temperatures between 100 and 108 degrees. Be sure to take plenty of breaks, spend as much time in the shade, and stay hydrated should you have to spend an extended period of time outdoors today.
Temperatures will not cool off much overnight with lows holding in the mid- to upper 70s under fair skies.
Tuesday will feature a better chance for rain as a weakening front to the northwest will stall over the Panhandle. This front will increase rain chances back up to 40 percent to 50 percent for Tuesday as it slowly drifts south and weakens. Hot and muggy conditions will persist with highs remaining in the low to mid-90s throughout the week.
In the tropics, there is an area of low pressure in the Central Atlantic roughly 600 miles from the Cape Verde Islands labeled Invest 93. This system is moving into a marginally favorable environment for strengthening and has a chance for development over the next five days. Long-range forecast models show a turn that would keep it east of the U.S., though we will be monitoring it closely as we move ahead. No other development is expected at this time.
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