After several days with unseasonably dry weather, we’ll find increasingly more afternoon showers and storms returning to the forecast gradually as we head into our holiday weekend. As for our Thursday, however, the forecast will be much like the past few days with only isolated afternoon storms. Winds will veer to the east and eventually southeast, helping to boost the moisture levels with onshore flow. Highs will inch back into the middle to low 90s, with temperatures staying closer to 90 degrees at the coast.
Ocean conditions will not be as hazardous today as Hurricane Cristobal pulls farther away from Bermuda. Swell will ease, but it will still be a rough day for swimming due to the elevated rip current threat. Although the surf will be considered good to fair, be sure to stay near a life guard and check in with the local conditions.
Any isolated evening showers will diminish as quiet conditions set in for the overnight. Partly cloudy skies are in the forecast as lows fall to the mid-70s area-wide.
With increased moisture back in the forecast, rain chances will be going up as a result starting Friday through the weekend. Holiday plans will not be washed out entirely, but there will be more numerous areas of showers and storms in the afternoon compared to recent days. High temperatures will heat up into the low to mid-90s, a bit above the seasonal high for this time of year, which is in the lower 90s.
In addition to Cristobal, we are also monitoring a wave of low pressure in the eastern Caribbean. There is also a broad area of low pressure south of Texas that has a very low chance for development in the next 48 hours. It is of some interest though, being close to the shore, so it is now Invest 98L and will be monitored closely. This low is moving west toward the Texas coast. The increased activity falls in line with the approach of the statistical peak of Atlantic Hurricane Season, which is considered to be on or around Sept. 10.
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