First Warning Forecast | “Alert” For Heat And Storms

Both Threaten The Region Today And Tomorrow.
First Warning Forecast
Published: Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:45 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2023 at 9:07 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - We’ve been tracking a cluster of thunderstorms all morning long, working through the region from north to south. These have primarily been downpour producers, though of course some loud thunder/lightning are in the mix. As these storms continue to progress southward, they will begin to fade, after which the question becomes how long will it take before sunshine fights its way back in and brings that excessive heat to the forefront. Under an ideal scenario, the clouds these early showers bring would stay smeared around over-head, keeping temperatures in a more reasonable range and backing us away from the high heat. However, the current modeling has us getting back to sunshine this afternoon and having to deal with temperatures spiking back into the 90s (and playing about 10° hotter than that in the humidity)-- unless another plume of thunderstorms develops. Though there is a way for more ‘garden-variety’ storms to offset the risks for extreme heat, it’s more prudent for folks to be prepared for both problems of flood risks and the heat. We’ll be stuck in a favorable zone for storm formation right into tonight and through tomorrow.

Our over-arching weather pattern of the ‘heat dome’ just to our west occasionally sparking storm clusters that travel through our region continues Friday, until a cooling front finally forces that set-up to collapse southward. Be prepared for another temperature spike into the 90s during any afternoon sunshine Friday (that will feel excessive with all the humidity), but also more threats of storm formation, particularly later in the day when that front makes its first push through our region. Saturday will see a second push of that same front, a final one that succeeds in driving the heat southward. There still will be some lingering showers and storms on Saturday, with only a few at best on Sunday. Highs Saturday will be in the mid and upper 80s, while Sunday more like the mid and lower 80s. Progress is progress.

Next week we’ll finally get what we deserve: Sunshine without heat advisories. Monday through Wednesday look mainly dry, with highs staying closer to seasonal averages in the low to mid 80s, and morning temperatures comfortably in the lower 60s.