Dry Monday ahead with seasonable temps


You can give the AC a break, crack open the window, and enjoy the refreshing air. Relief from the heat continues with seasonable highs across the area Sunday afternoon. But those of you who suffer from allergies should probably keep the windows closed and turn on the air conditioning. 

Another comfy night is on tap with overnight temperatures bottoming out in the upper 60s, lows 70s overnight.

Dry weather will return to start the work week along with less humid conditions and highs in the low 80s across the city.

However, sunshine will be replaced with clouds and a chance for showers and storms on Tuesday.

The sticky feel will also creep back into play, lasting through the week. The weather will remain unsettled the following couple days. Additionally, some of the moisture from remnants of Fred may join with an area of low pressure moving in from the west bringing rain to the tri-state area. We’ll continue to monitor the situation in the coming days and bring you the latest as it becomes available.

Tracking the Tropics

Speaking of Fred, models indicate that the storm has become better organized. It’s moving north-northwestward and will likely make a turn northward prior to making landfall somewhere along the Florida Panhandle on Monday. It’s expected to gain some intensity in the next 24 hours with maximum winds of about 60 mph expected. Heavy rainfall could lead to flooding across portions of Southern Florida, the Big Bend and the Panhandle as well. Storm surge will also be a concern.

However, Fred isn’t the only tropical system churning in the tropics. Grace has become a bit disorganized and is now a tropical digression with 35 mph maximum sustained winds. Even though tropical storm watches and warnings have been discontinued for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hispaniola has been kept under a tropical storm watch. This is because the storm could strengthen prior to moving back over land. The mountainous terrain may allow it to weaken thereafter. 

Keep in mind that with Haiti still dealing with the aftermath of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, Grace could impact rescue and recovery efforts. Hispaniola could get 4-8 inches of rain with locally higher amounts. Grace is expected to regain strength as the storm moves over the Gulf of Mexico. 

Finally, there are showers and storms about 160 miles west of Bermuda. Conditions are favorable for further development. It’s moving at about 5 mph and head south-southwest. It has about a 70 percent chance of becoming the next named Atlantic storm, Henri. As always, stay tuned for updates.

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