Dominating High Pressure
Today will kick off a long stretch of dry, quiet, and warm weather, the likes of which we have not seen in many months.
A very strong high pressure system to our northeast is keeping both low pressure over the Ohio Valley, and Tropical Storm Arthur off the Mid-Atlantic coast at bay.
Both systems will be pushed south as the high expands its dominating presence.
For today, the low is still close enough that thin clouds on its fringe will be our companion. At times, the clouds will be thicker than others, but at least partial sunshine will filter through.
High temperatures will push into the mid and perhaps upper 60s today with a light east wind under 10 mph.
Skies will gradually clear tonight, allowing lows of 40-45 degrees Wednesday morning. Clear skies Wednesday night will also send temperatures into the low 40s, though the Southern Tier could slip into the upper 30s. A few isolated pockets of frost cannot be totally ruled out.
The daytime hours on Wednesday will be dominated by sunshine with highs pushing into the upper 60s.
Sun-filled skies will again be the rule for Thursday and Friday. Temperatures will continue to march upward, with highs around 70 on Thursday and into the mid 70s on Friday.
Morning lows will start to move upward as well, with mid 40s Thursday night and lows staying near 50 Friday night.
As we get into the weekend, fair weather clouds will bubble up during the afternoon hours. A shower cannot be completely ruled out Saturday or Sunday. Most of the area should stay dry, though, and it may not rain at all either day.
Temperatures will at least be in the mid 70s on Saturday with upper 70s on Sunday.
Monday will bring more of the same, with very small chances for rain, but a high likelihood of pushing above 75 degrees.
Temperatures should remain at similar levels throughout next week. At some point, some rain showers will probably move through, but when that chance is greatest remains uncertain.
If we reach 75 degrees or warmer consistently from Friday onward, it would be the first stretch of five or more days over 75 degrees since the middle of last August.