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Hot With Scattered Thunderstorms Today

Short Term Forecast:  It is a pretty quiet morning across the Capital City.  We have mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the 70s.

We will have a more active afternoon with showers and thunderstorms.  This is thanks to a shortwave, or disturbance, moving across part of the Deep South and a TUTT Low (tropical upper tropospheric trough), or upper-level tropical low, in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.  Combine those features with daytime heating and we will have scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.  It will still be hot before it rains with highs in the lower 90s and the heat index in the upper 90s.

The showers and storms will continue until 10 PM and then we will have some lingering clouds overnight.  It will be warm and stuffy with lows in the lower 70s.

You can expect more scattered showers and thunderstorms on Friday as the extra Gulf Moisture sits over us along with the upper-level low in the Gulf.  Highs will be in the lower 90s.  Friday Night will have a few showers with partly cloudy skies.  Lows will fall to the lower 70s.

Weekend Forecast:  We will have plenty of tropical moisture over us this weekend and that will keep us humid.  At the same time a trough of low pressure will be sitting along the Eastern U.S.  When you add in the low in the Gulf, that will all lead to more afternoon storms this weekend.  Therefore, we will be partly cloudy with scattered showers and storms each day.  Highs will be in the lower 90s and lows in the mid 70s.

Tropical Outlook:  There is the TUTT Low in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, but this is an upper-level tropical low and it will not form into anything at this time.  It will bring added moisture and plenty of rain along the Gulf Coast States.

Elsewhere...the rest of the tropics are quiet and they will stay that way through Friday.

Take your umbrella with you, stay cool and have a nice day! -Dave


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