The Week Ahead: Goodbye, April! Hello, May!

Good afternoon, Foothills Weather Nation! Happy Sunday to you and yours. It is certainly warmer today with highs in the upper 70's across the forecasting area and with some "severe clear" conditions. The opportunity for isolated thunderstorms have generally passed at this time.

We are officially coming to a close with only a few days left of April and we are bringing in the month of May at the end of our week. Yesterday we did an overview of April, comparing the results to the long range forecast to show how it verified.

Let us take a look at what to expect for our Week Ahead. Our forecast this week will be in two parts as there are two main weather patterns.

Short Term Forecast (Monday-Thursday)

For the bulk of our work week upper atmospheric ridging will assist with the settling and development of a Bermuda High offshore. This will allow for partly to mostly sunny conditions through this section of the forecast. We start Monday off a couple of degrees cooler as our high pressure will only just start to settle in, moving out a stalled front overnight tonight into Monday morning. Otherwise for Tuesday through Thursday we are seeing daily highs in the mid 80's which is nearly 10 degrees above the average temperature. Overnight lows will be down to the upper 50's and low 60's, so definitely still nice enough to maybe open a window at night. Thursday will will see the gradual increase of clouds as we get ready for the next weather pattern of the weekend.

Long Term Forecast (Friday - Sunday)

A new low pressure whose center is closer to the latitude of the Great Lakes will progress into the region, pulling up with it moisture and energy from the Gulf ahead of a (cold) frontal passage. Starting on Friday we will see clouds fill in the gaps and bring with it rain and the likelihood of thunderstorms for the day and night. Temperatures for the daily high and low won't vary much from what we had seen for the earlier part of the week. At this time it's too far to say if our thunderstorms will be severe so we will continue to keep a look out for that. Saturday is when we will feel the temperature difference from that front as daily highs will be back down to the mid 70's with partly cloudy skies. For both Saturday and Sunday we could see some convective activity as the afternoons hint for the possibility (30%) of rain and maybe an isolated thunderstorm.

Thank you all for reading! I hope everyone enjoys their week.


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