A Return to Summer Time Normalcy
Good morning folks! Terribly sorry for not posting Sunday afternoon but here we are, the start of new work week and the outlook seems fairly normal for late July - early August. We'll notice an uptick in humidity levels Tuesday as a cold front approaches the region, crossing overnight into Wednesday and then stalling across the region, dissipating slowly as we head into the weekend. Southwesterly flow into the region and atop the stalled front will lead to scattered thunderstorms Tuesday/Wednesday, while Thursday into the weekend produces widespread light - moderate showers each afternoon. All in all, we expect anywhere from 1.5 - 3.5" of rain to fall across the region over the next five to seven days, with the highest amounts found along and near the Georgia state line. Temps all the while will be a degree or two shy of normal, with expected highs in the low 80's for the valleys, hitting the mid 80's if clouds clear for a few hours.
Today (Monday) should be our last dry day for a while, with mostly sunny skies overhead and only isolated showers popping up along the ridgelines. Partly cloudy skies are likely closer to sunset and temps will reach the low 70's along the ridgelines, while the valleys warm to the mid 80's, settling back into the upper 50's - low 60's tonight; partly cloudy skies overhead.
Tuesday and Wednesday will be our most active day in terms of thunderstorm activity, mainly due to the frontal passage late Tuesday into Wednesday. Temps will hold to the upper 60's - low 80's both days and most of the region will pick up a half inch to an inch of rain over the 48 hour period, with the highest amounts along the TN line.
Thursday into Saturday will be muggy with temps holding to the upper 60's - low 80's as cloudy skies sit overhead each day, alongside widespread light - moderate showers each afternoon. This is when we'll pick up the most rainfall with 1 - 2" of rain expected as showers linger well into the evening hours due to the saturated atmosphere; nothing will dry out overnight if left outside.