First Warning Forecast | Trading Showers For The Heat

Old Stubborn Pattern To Be Replaced By New Stubborn Pattern.
First Warning Forecast
Published: Sep. 6, 2023 at 6:41 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2023 at 9:16 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The longest heat wave of the year is finally at an end. That’s the expectation today as clouds, showers, and storms are now coming through. We cover a large area, and at any given time someone can be going through one of these showers while others are instead peacefully partly sunny. The humidity is still palpable either way, and that tropical feel won’t be going away quickly even though the heat has eased. The lawn, garden, and trees are definitely appreciating any watering it can get, as we’re down about 5″ of rain since the start of June (something perhaps the trees notice more than anything else). Now, while our parched ground can certainly handle a good drink of water, we will be keeping an eye on any roaming downpour. Highs today will stay in the low to mid 80s, with the 60s lining up overnight.

Scattered showers will continue to crop up on Friday, but the bulk of them will pop in the eastern mountain counties with unfortunately a shot at slow-movers causing some spot flooding. Nevertheless, all should have our weather app handy as a scattered shower can still pop virtually anywhere in our area. Normally, this would be the last stage before a system exits our region, paving the way for an excellent/comfortable weekend-- but that’s not quite going to play out this way. This front that is swinging in will never quite swing out of here, allowing showers to wander back through the region on Saturday, lingering a touch into Sunday. Each day the smeared clouds will gradually lower the afternoon highs such that Sunday afternoon may not get out of the 70s -- a pretty nice September feel were it not for a few lingering showers that surely by then have overstayed their welcome.

We’re aiming for more rain-free hours on Monday and Tuesday, but we can’t completely rule out those afternoon showers, particularly toward the mountains. Temperatures will quietly sneak back up into the mid-80s during this time, but before we start getting concerned about another run at the 90-degree mark yet another system will be approaching from the west on Wednesday to finally become the thing that sweeps all this aside... And the early indications are that when it does so we’ll be introduced to a true taste of Autumn, with morning temperatures that can dip into the 40s and afternoon temperatures that may struggle to get out of the 60s.