Your Week Ahead (ft. Summer Ridge)

Good evening, Foothills Weather Network! As we are coming to a close on our weekend we are taking a look into what we can expect for our work week. As discussed lightly in yesterday's post we are expecting to feel conditions that feel a lot more like June than May. Let's dive a little deeper into the specifics on what we can expect on a day by day breakdown.

Short Term Forecast (Monday-Wednesday)

A well developed upper level ridge will be moving offshore during this period of the week as a low pressure centered near the Canadian border progresses from over the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Northeast. For Monday in particular we will be seeing scattered thunderstorms across the region between the times of 11 am to 4 pm along with a frontal passage. Winds will be coming from the southwest and generally mild at 5-8 mph with the exception of gusts associated with the passing storms. The general threat for tomorrow is low so we are expecting to see cloud to ground lightning, sparse gusts, localized heavy rain, and at worst some small hail. Once our front passes through we will have a bit of a backdoor cold front as the cooler air spills over the Apps and then northeast from our northern neighbor states. As such, Tuesday and Wednesday conditions will be still fairly warm in the mid 80's but will be a few to several degrees cooler compared to the later in the week forecast. Humidity during this time period will be a bit lower as well (as low as 40% for Tuesday and Wednesday, 80% for Monday).

Long Term Forecast (Thursday-Sunday)

Following the exit of the upper level trough will be another robust ridge that will very quickly build over the Southeast. This ridge will generally stifle the opportunity of thunderstorms or rain, but will not stop the convective belt of moisture and general humidity from pouring in from the Gulf. During this time frame we will see temperatures in the low to mid 90's. There is a small chance of rain reprieve on Thursday, but it's pretty low at this time (20-30%). The later part of the week will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy, winds from the west-southwest and humidity in the 70-80% range. It will be important to keep cool, hydrated, and protected from the sun during the Memorial Day weekend no matter if you plan to stay home or head out to the beach. Don't forget about keeping your pets protected and safe as well as we take our wide step into the summer.

Thank you very much for reading! We hope you have a nice week and Memorial Day weekend!


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