Weather: Hottest and driest day of the week (7/24 AM)

Tuesday July 24th

Good morning!

We’re feeling more like South Florida than the North Country this week with the heat and humidity cranked up, and the clouds angrily dumping rain on us. It’s much needed and long anticipated rain, and there will be more of it later this week, but today is the driest of the work week. So, the chance you catch a passing shower or thunderstorm is pretty low.

The axis of best moisture has shifted farther west, over western New York, so shower and storm coverage is pretty spotty on Tuesday. That allows for longer and more numerous breaks of blue sky between those grumpy clouds. The temp gets a bit warmer, as a result, reaching the upper 80s to even near 90 degrees in broad valleys. South breeze 10 to 20 mph. Tonight, partly to mostly cloudy. Mild and muggy, low to mid 70s.

Wednesday, expect a front to swing through with an increasing threat for rain throughout the day. Rain will be most widespread by the afternoon, with a couple of isolated thunderstorms thrown in there. Showers continue then overnight into Thursday, with another couple waves keeping the rain chances alive through Friday. Low to mid 80s throughout this stretch, under an overcast sky. Keep the rain jacket on hand! By Thursday morning’s drought index update, we should see marked improvement. The weather settles a bit over the weekend, with only an isolated shower or afternoon storm on Saturday, and strong ridging Sunday. Look for more sunshine and temps in the low 80s. Rain returns Monday.

Have a great day! Stay cool and comfy!

-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Thibault

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