The Summer Solstice is only three days away on Friday, with the most direct rays from the sun hitting the Tropic of Cancer at 10:54 a.m. central time. Thus, this is the time of year when summer-like temperatures are very likely.
Today was the first of 66 consecutive days with an average high temperature of at least 80 degrees. We don’t fall below that mark again until August 23rd. We’re close to the peak, too, which is only a couple degrees higher than it is today for both high and low average temperatures, with the average high topping out at 83.2° from July 10 through 15 and the low topping out at 60.5° from July 12 through 18.
We are still seeing temperatures slightly below average, and will continue to do so through the end of the week. Humidity stays lower, too, until a warm front arrives on Friday. While pop up showers are possible this evening, tomorrow afternoon, and again late Thursday, the best chances for showers and thunderstorms hold off until this front.
Rain and thunderstorms become likely late Thursday night through Sunday morning. A few storms, especially late Friday through the day on Saturday have a chance at becoming stronger as humidity and the overall weather pattern becomes more favorable for organized storms to gain strength.
Stormtracker 18 will keep you updated with the latest outlooks as this system develops and gets closer to us, and should have more details on Thursday.
While highs will be close to 80 this weekend, the clouds and rain will keep them from getting much warmer than that. As we clear out next week we’ll have better chances for near or above average and summer-like temperatures.