Sun-filled Saturday kicks off a gorgeous weekend

Weather

It was a nice finish to the week with highs in the upper 70s under mostly sunny skies for 9/11 services. In fact, highs topped out in the 70s three out of the last four years on this day. In 2019 the mercury soared to 91 degrees at Central Park. The last time it rained on Sept. 11 was 2018. 

Conditions remained favorable for the second game of the Subway Series in Queens, with temperatures in the low 70s.

Sunday will be the perfect day for outdoor activities with highs in the mid-80s. The only caveat is that the humidity will make a comeback. If you plan to head to the beach, keep in mind that there is a high rip current risk.

Unfortunately, the dry weather will likely come to an end later Monday into early Tuesday morning courtesy of a cold front. Another frontal boundary will enter the picture midweek bringing a chance of more showers and storms. There will be some sunshine, but the threat for showers and storms will remain through Friday. The sticky feel will continue as well with highs topping out in the upper 80s.

Tracking the Tropics

We finally hit the peak of hurricane season yesterday, and the tropics continue to heat up. Conditions for development are in sync in the atmosphere and ocean this time of year. 

Currently, there are showers and storms moving over southeastern Mexico, and the southern and central Gulf of Mexico. This disturbance is expected to move northward in the coming days and has an 80% chance of becoming a tropical depression within the next 48 hours, 90% over the next 5 days.

But regardless of development, these storms are expected to produce heavy rain across portions of Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula through today, which may lead to flash flooding and mudslides. Heavy rain will likely reach portions of the western Gulf Coast, including coastal Texas and Louisiana through the middle of next week. 

Another tropical wave located just southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands has a 50% chance of developing into a tropical depression in the next two days (70% over the next 5 days) as the system moves westward over the far eastern Atlantic. The next names on the list are Nicholas and Odette. As always, stay tuned for updates.

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