Weather: Thursday dials back the humidity (7/18/2019 AM)


Good morning!

After an incredibly muggy Wednesday, the humidity is dialed back a bit on Thursday. However, it’s a brief reprieve as dangerous heat settles in for Friday and lasts through the weekend.

Thursday morning begins with patchy, dense fog and a mix of sun and clouds. It’s more likely to be a mostly sunny day north and a partly sunny day south, as clouds linger along the Massachusettes border near a front draped over southern New England. Upper 70s to low 80s. Light south wind 5-10 mph.

There is a slight chance this afternoon for a couple of showers in northern New York and far southern Bennington and Windham counties.

Dewpoints hover in the upper 50s to low 60s, about 10 degrees lower than yesterday. That means you should notice a slight difference in how muggy or steamy the air overhead feels. Tonight, partly cloudy. Upper 50s to near 70 degrees.

Friday, the temp skyrockets into the upper 80s to around 90 degrees with a dewpoint in the 70s. This will give us a heat index value around 95 degrees. It’s mostly to partly sunny once again, with only a slight chance for an afternoon shower or thunderstorm.

That excessive and dangerous heat gets ratcheted up a few notches for Saturday. Actual air temps approach the mid 90s in large valleys, with a feels like heat index around the century mark. There’s a better chance for thunderstorms late Saturday than on Friday, and a few of those storms may be strong to even severe. Sunday is still quite toasty, though we finally experience some minor relief. Upper 80s. Cooler early next week, upper 70s to near 80 degrees.

Have a great day!

-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Thibault

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