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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - It’s a bit like a broken record, but there’s not much complaining among the lay-folk these days. Early morning fog departs for all-day sunshine and temperatures that hang in a pleasant range. The persistent area of high pressure overhead continues that pattern, though each day we get just a little warmer. Initially we stayed in the 70s with that, but having gotten used to such spoiling today’s trip across the 80°-mark will feel a little warm for us. Technically we’re still in summer, so it’s still quite reasonable to be in those lower 80s, but the ground will continue to dry back out, returning us to that rainfall deficit we have been dealing with. With the leaves coming down, we’ve now returned to the ‘fire-danger’ season, so please continue to observe all burning bans. Temperatures glide delightfully back through the 70s after sunset, only returning to the 50s in the overnight hours.
Thursday presents a fair amount of sunshine again for the Tri-State, but we also can see an isolated shower pop in the eastern mountain counties. Any rain would be well-appreciated by the lawn and foliage, but obviously not for any outdoor activities. Temperatures will continue to peak in the low-80s until we can get the pattern to shift again, which doesn’t look to happen until the weekend. By then we’ll be tracking a developing coastal system that has its sights on the ‘other’ side of the Appalachians. While the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic region will be soaking up some needed showers, we may not see anything more than just passing clouds overhead. High temperatures will dip back into the upper 70s during that time, some shade well-appreciated by Saturday football spectators. Many folks will end up rain-free right on into next week, a bittersweet reality that has some definite implications on the brushfire and fall-foliage seasons even as it delivers the goods for folks who still want some of those late-summer afternoons in autumn.
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