First Warning Forecast | One Last 90° Day?

Can Approaching Rain Beat Back The High Heat For Good..?
First Warning Forecast
Published: Sep. 5, 2023 at 6:46 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 6, 2023 at 9:06 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - It’s been another mild, muggy, steamy start to the day today, and the arcing sunshine quickly turns the feel to uncomfortable. We’ll be coursing through the 80s at midday, on the way to the 90s just like the days before it. This time around though, we’ll be tracking a few showers and storms popping up and wandering in from the west. These will do their level best to quench the heat as well as the thirst for the lawns and gardens that they hit. Be cautious of the heat in the afternoon practices if you miss out on the rain (which most will), but those that do get the rain can snag a passing downpour as well. Naturally there are positives and negatives with this scenario, but to me the edge goes to what will bring us back to where we should be this time of year-- and that’s not going to happen without some rain.

We’ll look at a newly persistent atmosphere of scattered showers and lulls for the next few days, generally with a little more substance in the afternoon during times of max heating. Though a shower can spawn at virtually any hour Thursday, there will be more hours without rain. By Friday, the focus of the scattered showers will be more toward the mountains, but the front advancing these showers will wash out and fizzle before actually pushing fully through. This will continue to leave us in the risk zone for the scattered/pop-up shower or storm each day until a system can actually finish things out. Temperatures at least won’t get as hot in the passing rain and smearing clouds, dropping to highs barely around 80° by Saturday and Sunday. It may take until early next week to get us out of this pattern, but then temperatures will soon bounce back to the middle-80s by Tuesday of next week. If we play our cards well and get a little bit of luck, we may be able to hold off the 90-degree mark this next time before new showers bring us back from the brink later on in the week to come.