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First Warning Forecast | Hot, Tropical Pattern Continues

Twin concerns of heat and storm today.
Published: Aug. 10, 2021 at 11:23 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2021 at 8:55 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - From a ‘birds eye view’, the weather pattern is largely the same for the Tri-State as it was yesterday: Hazy heat will still steam us up to the 90°-mark, while scattered showers and storms will traverse from west to east bringing that cooling downpour. In practice at the surface however, it can look a lot different than yesterday: Instead of getting rained on in the morning (or not at all), your turn this time might be in the afternoon. That’s the nature of these situations, where in a way the forecast is quite straight-forward but on a house-to-house level very difficult to provide the desired provision. Most folks will hit 90° today, though the timing of that moment will depend on the storms, and those will flare up again this afternoon. We still do need the rain in many parts of the Tri-State; let’s just hope the storms spread the love around evenly rather than overly drench spots that don’t need it. Overnight tonight we’ll see the skies largely clear out, settling in fairly quietly, but it will be about as muggy as it’s been, with lows staying in the 70s.

Thursday itself will end up mainly dry, as we’re in-between pulses of storm energy -- but the heat and southerly flow roll on. That means without the storms helping limit how hot we get we may well end up at our hottest of the year. Look for the low to mid 90s, with heat index values over 100 degrees given that the humidity is expected to go un-tapped for a good while. Both Thursday and Friday will see fewer showers and storms, so expect the heat wave to roll on. An actual front comes through on Saturday, so while we’re expecting a needed cool-down, unfortunately that also does look to target showers more commonly across the region at a time that we don’t want. Those weekends are precious, especially being the last weekend before my kids go back to school!

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