Temperatures climbed to 90 degrees for the fourth day in a row — and that heat sparked up more thunderstorms in the afternoon. Fortunately, the storms have not been as widespread as the previous day, but they have been slow-moving and producing torrential downpours. Several Flash Flood Warnings and Flood Advisories have been issued as a result.
In addition to the heat and humidity, these storms are being fueled by a cold front coming in from the north. That will keep the risk of scattered showers and storms through the evening hours. Overnight, a good deal of clouds will remain, but the humidity should be trending downward. Overnight temperatures will be around 70 degrees.
Early Thursday morning, some clouds will remain that may hinder the viewing of a partial solar eclipse. The event will be already ongoing at sunrise and coverage will peak out at around 80% at 5:32 a.m. The event will conclude at 6:30 a.m. Look to the northeastern horizon to view the celestial event.
If heading to see the eclipse, please take proper safety precautions. According to NASA, it is never safe to look directly at the sun’s rays, even if the sun is partly or mostly obscured. When watching the partial solar eclipse, you must wear solar viewing or eclipse glasses throughout the entire eclipse if you want to face the sun. Solar viewing or eclipses glasses are not regular sunglasses; regular sunglasses are not safe for viewing the sun.
If you don’t have solar viewing or eclipse glasses, you can use an alternate indirect method, such as a pinhole projector. Pinhole projectors shouldn’t be used to look directly at the Sun, but instead to project sunlight onto a surface
Any leftover clouds will give way to mostly sunny skies for the rest of Thursday. It will feel much better with the lower levels of humidity in place. Highs are expected to be right around 80 degrees.
The cooling trend continues into Friday. An area of high pressure moves well offshore bringing in an easterly wind. That will keep temperatures in the mid 70s under partly to mostly sunny skies.
Heading into the weekend, temperatures will start to climb once again. Saturday looks to be a pleasant day with partly sunny skies and highs near 80 degrees. Expect more of the same with highs in the mid 80s, but a frontal boundary will bring the risk of a late-day thunderstorm. Regardless, much of the day will be dry.
The threat of a thunderstorm will linger into next week, but much of the period will remain dry with temperatures ranging between 80 and 85 degrees.