Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:
We’re not seeing a lot of change in the forecast for the rest of the week, as both the high pressure ridge over the Great Basin in Utah and the low positioned in the Gulf of Alaska aren’t budging. That means get ready to see more morning clouds at the coast, clear inland all day, and highs back in the low 90s.
Clear tonight with lows staying fairly mild in the mid to upper 50s. Then its back to 90s for Friday by late afternoon. Also, winds above the surface are still pushing across the state from the south and southwest, so thunderstorms are a safe bet again for the mountains. Hot, dry air and elevated thunderstorms that have produced some very strong winds today and quarter sized hail will fire up again tomorrow through the weekend.
Early next week, the ridge flattens out just a bit. Not enough to kill the heat more than a couple of degrees, but it should lessen the strength of thunderstorms in the mountains, making them more spotty Monday and Tuesday. Meanwhile in the valleys, the return of some morning cloud cover will cool afternoons down just a hair to the upper 80s instead of the low 90s for Monday.
Have a great Friday!
- Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton