Heat, humidity continue this weekend but relief is on the way


NEW YORK — It’s been a week filled with dangerous heat across the tri-state. While Central Park missed the mark, La Guardia and Newark airports had their fourth and fifth heat waves of the season, respectively. Now a cooldown is underway. 

Highs reached upper 80s to lower 90s on Saturday. The combined heat and humidity did make it feel hotter. However, as dew point temperatures decrease, you’ll sleep more comfortably tonight with lows bottoming out in the upper 60s. There is a slight chance of a brief isolated shower or storm, but it shouldn’t derail the baseball and football games.

Sunday will be warm, but not as sticky. Although it’s a dry and less humid start to the week, the threat of showers and storms will return along with the humidity.

Tracking the Tropics

Fred has degenerated into a remnant low. However, it’s expected to regain strength over the Gulf of Mexico this weekend and bring tropical storm conditions from coastal Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle on Monday. Heavy rainfall could lead to flooding across portions of the southeast and southern and central Appalachians in the coming days. 

Some of Fred’s moisture could arrive in the tri-state area by midweek, but it’s too early to forecast the exact impacts or timeline.

On the heels of Fred, Grace is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the Caribbean. The storm has a similar path to Fred and will likely experience similar conditions including drier air, increasing wind shear which could hinder further development beyond tropical storm status. The main concern with Grace will be the amount of rain and strong winds it brings. Parts of the Caribbean could get 3 to 6 inches with locally higher amounts of about 8 inches. Winds are also expected to clock in up to around 60 mph based on the current track. This could impede recovery efforts in Haiti from the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake. Grace is slated to arrive there sometime Monday night into Tuesday morning.

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