April 30: Spring Heat Wave!

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We’re going to finish off the month of April and start off May with weather more reminiscent of mid-June. I don’t think we’ll set any record highs over the next few days, but temperatures will be well above-average…we’ll start the spring heat wave by reaching the mid to upper 80s this afternoon:

Temperatures won’t drop too much tonight — only to the low to mid 60s by Wednesday morning:

Right back up to the mid to upper 80s on Wednesday!

Today’s record high is 90°, then it’s 92° for both Wednesday’s and Thursday’s record highs. We’ll give it a run each day, but I think we’ll stay in “very warm” territory instead of reaching “wow it’s hot” levels.

The next chance of rain doesn’t arrive until late Friday, but it’s just a slight chance. Scattered showers and storms are more likely over the weekend — neither day looks like a washout, but I’d be flexible with any outdoor plans in the afternoons and early evenings:

In terms of any severe weather threat, it’s a little too far down the line to be worried about that. We’re not included in any extended outlooks from the Storm Prediction Center at this point, and it doesn’t look like there will be much wind energy in the atmosphere overhead to organize the storms. However, the “analog” forecast for Saturday (which compares the forecast pattern to similar historical patterns) shows a weak signal towards the possibility of a couple storms reaching severe limits:Those would most likely be “pulse” type severe storms — that is, garden-variety storms that briefly become strong enough to produce some stronger wind gusts.

We’ll keep an eye on it through the rest of the week…in the meantime, enjoy the warmth!

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