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A Hot Holiday? Looks like some classic heat for July 4th...
Submitted by Tim Buckley on Tue, 06/28/2011 - 7:27am.
It'll be "as hot as the 4th of July!" is a phrase we're all used to, and this year - it looks like it will hold true. Even though we're dealing with a little bit of unsettled weather right now, it's always fun to look way ahead in the forecast and talk about what's going on 7 days away. I mean, we know you have plans - might as well tell you what we're seeing now!
So here's our current weather setup:
Once this front moves through late-day Wednesday, a new area of high pressure moves in. You will want to send this guy a thank you note, as it brings MUCH more COMFORTABLE air into the region. This is relative of course, but dewpoints will fall below 70, and we will have some overnight lows in the 60's with highs in the 80s..... at least for a day or two.
Here's why the heat comes back ----- A huge ridge of high pressure will begin to form across the Deep South by the end of the week. This will stretch from Texas all the way east into the Atlantic.
This is similar to what we've seen so often this summer. A ridge sets-up and keeps a stranglehold over the Southeast. This prevents any storms from developing as it sits over top of us like a pressure cooker. As it keeps strengthing raising the pressure, the air compresses and heat up. So by the time the weekend rolls around, guess what? It's another string of scorchers! Highs in the mid and upper 90's.
In fact, it will be "as hot as the 4th of July" this 4th of July - but do you really mind? Maybe you'll sweat a little more than you'd like at the cook-out and have to take an extra dip in the pool or the sea, but hey - it won't be the first time. It's the way it's supposed to be I guess!
Have a safe and happy Fourth - I'm heading up north for a couple days where it will be say... 90 instead of 97!
By: Tim Buckley