First Warning Forecast | Reminders Of August

Yes, It’s Still Hot.
First Warning Forecast
Published: Aug. 9, 2023 at 6:54 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2023 at 9:18 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The morning comfort didn’t last long, as the August sunshine burned off the early fog and low clouds hanging around and is set to blaze through the afternoon. Temperatures are cruising through the 70s at midday, and will reach the upper 80s in the afternoon. That does not sound like an overly hot number, and indeed it’s within a few degrees of where we should be for this time of year. However, we’ve been stuck in some cooler weather at times this week owing to the passing rain and storms we’ve experienced. Use the nice weather to your advantage and get reacclimated to the air while enjoying the county fair, just be sure to stay hydrated. Tonight we’ll be enjoying some primo weather for the concerts and main-events out there, and as you head back to your car afterward take a look at the sky wherever it’s not lit up with light. The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend, but tonight’s sky might well end up the clearest.

Saturday starts off with relatively pleasant conditions, with a mix of clouds and sunshine and temperatures resuming their crescendo toward the 90-degree mark. In fact, much of Saturday will end up rain-free overhead-- just not all of it. We’ll be tracking a few lines of storms coming through from west to east. How hot you get will depend on how far into the day you can hold out before one of these clusters of storms manages to hit. The encounter may only last minutes long amidst the rest of the day, but it can be a bear if you’re caught out on the water or in the middle of an open field. Have the WSAZ Weather App handy to keep an eye on anything that approaches. By the end of the day Saturday, most of us should have gone through at least one round of these quick-passing rumblers. Sunday morning sees the last of the ‘leftovers’ (clouds, scattered showers) to the exits, and we’ll return to a fairly pleasant afternoon in the 80s. Monday is more concerning.

A strong storm system (more reminiscent of spring or fall) will be coming across the Great Lakes, with a decent cold pool of air set to dive in behind it. Often-times this would be the scene of strong or severe thunderstorms as a feature like this moves through, so it’s prudent to hoist an early ‘alert’ on the 7-Day Forecast for such a possibility even though it’s too far out to lock it in. We’ve all got stuff going on during the weekend, so instead of being surprised by it on Monday (with more and more kids going back to school and all), might as well get that heads-up regardless of the eventuality. We’ll certainly be tracking it here at WSAZ all weekend long!