No, you suddenly didn’t wake up in June (though we would all understand if you felt that way): Temperatures will approach record levels on Thursday ahead of an oncoming cold front. Westerly winds will usher in more drier air, thankfully, so the humidity won’t be terrible as we approach our record high of 90° for April 9.
There is a small possibility that the remnants of a thunderstorm complex coming in from the northwest could bring showers to the area early Thursday. The official NWS forecast remains dry, highlighting only about a 10% chance of rain in the Charleston metro. Further west toward I-95, chances are marginally higher. Trends will be watched, but odds point to dry conditions in the short-term models.
Of note: A statewide burn ban is in effect, and weather conditions particularly in Berkeley and Dorchester counties will become prone to wildfire Thursday afternoon. Please, please, please do not burn — let’s not give our first responders anything else to deal with.
We’ve got another warm day on tap Tuesday as temperatures top out in the mid-80s under partly cloudy skies. We’ll want to keep an eye on the skies in the afternoon and early evening hours for the potential for a few storms to work their way into the area; one or two of these could produce some strong winds and maybe some hail. Otherwise, we continue late-spring/early-summer-like weather.
Once again, we will need to watch for the potential for minor tidal flooding around times of high tide Tuesday (8:02am and 8:33pm). Keep an ear out for Coastal Flood Advisories if you have any essential travel tomorrow. (Otherwise, stay home.)
We have a beautiful Friday coming up for outdoor social distancing activities: mid-70s with low humidity in the afternoon under sunny skies as high pressure has full control of the weather situation. It’s a great day to work from home in the backyard or perhaps have some outdoor home school lessons. (I promised The Dog that I’d throw him the ball this evening, so that’s how I’m going to take advantage.) Remember, beating COVID-19 isn’t just about six feet of personal space or avoiding crowds — it’s also about taking time to do things for your mental health as well. This weather should hopefully help in that regard.
The stratocumulus clouds are gone, and after the chilliest start since early March (mid-40s!), we look to have a really gorgeous day ahead with highs around 70° under sunny skies thanks to a broad area of high pressure across much of the eastern half of the continental United States. Just because we’re all in on social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t go outside. It’s good for the soul. Enjoy!
I knew it was coming, but the chill in the air was somewhat shocking as I went to read the rain gauge this morning! In the wake of yesterday’s storm system which, thankfully, had more bark than bite for our neck of the woods, April will start out significantly cooler with clouds gradually decreasing as the day goes on. You’ll want a light jacket as temperatures will only rise into the mid-60s this afternoon. Enjoy the brief return to #hoodieweather before above-normal temperatures re-establish themselves getting into next week.
Much of Tuesday looks to remain dry, but we will be watching low pressure coming out of AL and GA throughout the day as it could bring a few strong storms to the area depending on how far north it gets. Overcast will help keep temperatures in the mid-70s throughout the day, but any breaks in the clouds could add some fuel for storms. Right now, the best risk for severe weather looks to be in southern Georgia, but we are right within the margin of error. If storms do turn strong to severe, damaging wind gusts would be the primary concern. Stay alert for forecast tweaks and changes tomorrow.
This storm system will usher in quite the airmass change as we get into Wednesday and beyond. Wave goodbye to the 80s for a little bit as temperatures plunge below normal Wednesday and Thursday before recovering back to normal (mid-70s) for the weekend.
After a stubborn high pressure wedge held firm across SC for a good bit of the day, we will warm significantly on Tuesday as low pressure moves across a pesky frontal boundary which is expected to lift north across SC as the day goes on. Highs should top out in the upper 70s in most spots; wouldn’t be surprised to see an 80° reading peek through depending on how much sun can break through cloud cover. Said low pressure will help spur on some scattered showers and thunderstorms. It won’t rain all day, and rain amounts should generally be light, though a few downpours cannot be ruled out.
Most of us should not be headed out and about unless it is for essential trips for provisions or prescriptions. To the grocery workers, pharmacists, medical professionals, and first responders still heading into the community despite the threat from coronavirus, we salute you all.
After topping out in the mid-70s today, temperatures will really start to crank up on Thursday. If the forecast verifies, it’ll feel more like late May as opposed to mid-March. The record high of 85, last set in 2012, is certainly within reach and will be watched closely. Overall, expect temperatures 10-15° above normal across the area. Rain chances are nil as a lack of triggering mechanisms at the surface and ridging aloft will put the kibosh on any airmass showers that try to form. The only potential weather hazard looks to be some patchy fog in the morning. If you’re headed outdoors for a physically distant walk, be ready to sweat a little!
Of note: The vernal equinox will occur tomorrow night at 11:50 PM. This is a rather early start to astronomical spring as it is, but meteorologically, it’s been spring for a few weeks now. (We’ll give you this one, Phil.)
A warm front will lift north of the area tomorrow, bringing with it another round of scattered showers and perhaps a thunderstorm. Temperatures will run even warmer — mid-70s appear likely in the afternoon, with lows in the upper 50s to low 60s. Watch for fog in the morning if you have to commute.
Tuesday will bring some scattered showers, primarily in the morning, as a disturbance swings through the area. Said disturbance will help usher out the high pressure wedge that’s been in place for the last day or so, allowing temperatures to rise into the low 70s in the afternoon. We may see some peeks of sun toward the end of the day, but expect copious amounts of cloud cover to add a little gloom to a socially isolated St. Patrick’s Day.
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