Every Thursday the latest drought monitor is issued and this week there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that there has been an improvement in the drought situation in central/southern Vermont & New Hampshire. There are 2 bits of bad news. The first is that while soaking rain has helped some spots, much of northwest Vermont & northern New York have been dry. Moderate drought conditions have expanded into this area; Burlington & Plattsburgh, you’re now included.
The other bit of bad news is that more heavy rain is heading for central & southern areas Thursday night through Saturday. A flash flood watch is in effect for Vermont’s bottom four counties. Another 1-2+” of rain will fall Thursday night through Saturday afternoon. The worry is for poor drainage areas to quickly become inundated with water. Most rivers, creeks and streams should be able to handle it but some of the smaller creeks will have to be monitored.
Thursday night, spotty showers and thunderstorms will be with us while we sleep. There’s no risk of severe weather overnight but it will be warm and muggy, lows will be in the upper 60s & low 70s.
Friday, showers & storms will continue, especially in southern VT & New Hampshire. As of now, the severe threat is low but a couple storms could be strong. Isolated flooding will be our biggest problem. The North Country has a much lower chance at showers but skies will still be partly to mostly gray. Thanks to clouds, temps will be held back a little, ‘only’ reaching the low 80s.
Isolated to spotty showers and storms continue Friday night & Saturday. Current thinking is Saturday morning will be the wettest part of the day with just spotty showers & storms during the afternoon. I still wouldn’t cancel plans but i’d be ready for delays. Meanwhile, highs get into the middle 80s and it stays humid.
Sunday and Monday are trending drier but also hotter. Expect mostly sunny skies and just a very small chance at a shower or storm. Sunday could be the first 90° day of August, but regardless if we get there or not, it will feel like it.
Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll get a better shot at widespread rain and thunder. If you’re hoping for less humidity, we could get a little less “Florida-like” by Thursday.
The weekend is in view!
Chief Meteorologist Sean Parker