High pressure remains in control of the forecast through Thursday, yielding several quiet weather days. (That sound you hear is the collective sigh of lots of Charleston-area meteorologists who spent much of Friday doing battle with spin-up tornadoes.)
We’ll maintain seasonable conditions through Tuesday as high pressure gradually slips offshore. Southerly flow around the back side of the high turns on the heat pump for Wednesday and Thursday, with highs expected to top out in the upper 80s for the first time this year. A cold front will then approach on Friday, bringing a chance for showers and thunderstorms to the area. Some chance of rain lingers through the weekend, but it’s nothing to toss your plans over.
No fooling: It’s not going to get out of the 50s on Monday. (Nor will it on Tuesday.) The good news is that we may actually see something resembling substantial rainfall across much of the area for the first time all year. Will it be enough to bust the drought?
Weather-wise, we have a pretty tranquil week ahead (save for maybe a shower or two overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning). We’ll just need to keep an eye on tides with a full moon in perigee (“Supermoon!”) this week.
Welcome to a very refreshing Monday morning as we start the day in the low 40s with plentiful dry air, which will make for a very nice and sunny day in the Lowcountry. Enjoy today and tomorrow as we head back into unsettled territory to bring in March.
Warm weather fans are going to like what is in store for the upcoming work week as subtropical ridging takes shape over the Gulf of Mexico, driving the storm track and cooler air to our north for a few days.
We will be closing January with another Arctic cold snap making its way across the eastern half of the U.S. We won’t be immune from this cold snap, but it will not be a terribly severe or long-lasting cold for us in Charleston.
The temperature rollercoaster rides on. This morning, we were in the 20s in many spots in the Lowcountry, but as winds begin to turn more easterly and then southerly, the warm air (and moisture) pump will be back in place for a couple days. (We’re already up to the low 50s as of 1PM.) This will be followed by a more prolonged period of below-normal temperatures after a frontal passage Friday.
The latter half of January looks to usher in a more unsettled pattern that seems reminiscent of December, at least in its timing: Unsettled weekends followed by mostly dry (and occasionally chilly) work weeks. Indeed, that’s how this week looks to go down.
I hope everybody enjoyed this absolutely fantastic weekend of weather. Our stretch of dry weather should continue through the rest of the work week before unsettled conditions return to the forecast for the weekend.