Sunday, May 2, 2010

Pattern shift means less wet and more hot

After an extraordinary weekend of severe weather, it's time to start looking forward a little bit.

Typically in Memphis, we start seeing "summer-like" conditions during May. Well, May arrived and the first taste of summer may be early to arrive. Following the passage of an upper-level trough that brought the severe weather this weekend, an upper level ridge of high pressure will build in and dominate through much of the coming week. This will mean rising temperatures and mainly clear skies. A weak cold front will pass Monday night, bringing a few clouds, but after that it gets hot for mid-week. We could see our first 90 degree temperatures of 2010 by Wednesday or Thursday! In addition, with all of the evaporation from recent rains, humidity will be up a little during the day as well, meaning heat indices into the 90s will be possible.

Fortunately, the heat will be fairly short-lived as yet another front moves in late in the week. Right now, it does not appear severe weather is a high possibility with this system, but scattered thunderstorms are possible Friday. Cooler high pressure builds in behind the front, bringing temps back into the 70s for next weekend. For complete details on the week's outlook, check out MWN's own 8-Day Forecast.

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