ANOTHER DAY IN THE 90S ON WEDNESDAY

EXTREME HEAT DIMINISHES

BEST SHOT OF RAIN = THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

DAILY SHOT THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK – STILL WARM AND HUMID

Wednesday: A mix of clouds and sunshine with scattered showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon. Highs 86-94. Southwest wind 5-10 mph.

Wednesday Night: A few scattered showers/storms, especially prior to sunset. Muggy with areas of fog. Lows 65-72. Light wind.

Thursday: More clouds than sun. Periods of rain and scattered storms later in the day and during the evening. Highs 82-88. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

Thursday Night: Breezy at times with some leftover showers and storms possible. Winds calm down later at night. Lows 64-69.

WEATHER SUMMARY:

A record high was tied in the Tri-Cities Tuesday afternoon. The mercury climbed to 96° which tied the record set in 1952. We’ve been around record territory for the last four days, and have reached/surpassed 90 degrees that last ELEVEN days in a row! As a result, this is one of the hottest summers on record so far for the area.

Now, we’re keeping track of a wrinkle in this seemingly never-ending pattern.

A weak cold front is moving very slowly, if not stalling just north of the Tri-Cities. While storms will spark along this front, we’re left with another hot Wednesday and mainly your typical, garden-variety summer time storms during the afternoon. The severe threat is low, but we can’t rule out some downpours and lightning in spots.

This aforementioned front, however, will serve as a boundary for a storm system to ride along Thursday and Friday. As this storm system draws in more moisture, we'll notice temperatures returning to more seasonable levels due to cloud cover and rain chances increasing. Pockets of heavy rain will be possible, along with a few stronger storms later in the day Thursday. Stay tuned, as we continue to fine-tune the forecast on our end.

Afterwards, the weekend through early next week looks like a typical summer time pattern of highs in the 80s and a daily shot of showers and/or some storms.

Temperature Outlook: Highs upper 80s to lower 90s Wednesday, and mid to upper 80s Thursday through Tuesday. Lows in the upper 60s to low 70s all week.

Our average high is 85°, low 64°.

Meteorologist Chris Michaels