WEEKEND HEAT FOLLOWS 10 STAR TGIF
Thursday’s rains have moved off to the beaches and now we are set to bask in a Top 10 Friday. The gorgeous TGIF will be sponsored by our friends in ‘OH CANADA’ as a refreshing air mass arrives from the northlands.
Friday will start foggy and cool with temperatures in the 50s to near 60 good sleeping degrees. Soon after sunrise the strong July sun will make mince meat out of the early mist promoting a rush to the pool by lunchtime for kids.
Be careful of that sun to be deceptively strong despite the cozy feel to the day’s warmth. Kids should use an SPF 30 before heading out to walk the midday midway at local fairs.
By Friday night, Live on the Levee in Charleston will be among the summer’s best with a gorgeous sunset amidst gathering high clouds and temperatures in the ouuh-la-la 70s on the Great Kanawha at the Schoenbaum Stage.
But those high clouds are a sign of gathering haze and humidity for the weekend as highs aim for 90 on Saturday for the Power boat races on the Mighty Ohio.
I recall the old Summerfest races during the 1980s and 90s attracting huge crowds to Harris Park so grab a beverage and park out as the racers fly at 100 mph on the mighty Ohio.
I recall Keith calling the races on TV when I first arrived at WSAZ and he confirms 100 miles per hour is accurate!
The increased haze and heat will lend itself to some late day or night time thunderhead development in Ohio first so keep an eye to the western sky for some shower and storm action at the Hot Dog Festival.
As for the outdoor theatre marque, kids chocolatey delight Willy Wonka with Ryan and Clint runs through Sunday (8:30 at Ritter), South Pacific runs Friday night at Jenny Wiley (8:15), the Aracoma Story is at Chief Logan and the Hatfield-McCoy feud is relived as Blood Song begins in McCarr Ky (showtime 7:30 Friday and Saturday).
Sunday’s steamy weather will promote an all day risk of a shower or thunderstorm, though the reality is most of the time will be rain free.
So it's back to the see-saw weather pattern that has kept the summer of 2014 rather temperate.