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POSTED: 6:28 PM Feb 27 2013   UPDATED  4 mins
StormTrack 5 Team

HEAT AND HUMIDITY IN ACTION THROUGH THURSDAY

A FEW STORMS EXPECTED AS WELL

ISOLATED DOWNPOURS POSSIBLE

BREAK IN THE HUMIDITY BY THIS WEEKEND!

This Afternoon: A few afternoon showers and storms, mainly in the higher terrain. Highs 85-91. Winds light.

Tonight: Stray evening shower. Muggy. Patchy AM fog. Lows 65-72. Winds light.

Wednesday: Partly sunny with a few mainly afternoon/evening showers and storms. Highs 85-91. Southwest wind 5-10 mph.

Wednesday Night: Scattered showers and storms possible. Patchy fog in the morning. Lows 66-73. Winds light.

Thursday: Scattered showers and storms. Mix of sun and clouds. Highs 81-88. Winds variable 5-10 mph.

Weather Summary:

Heat and humidity are in full swing through Thursday.  Highs make it to around 90, with humidity making it feel hotter at times. Make sure to take care of yourself if you plan on being outside for extended periods of time. Water and sunscreen!

Along with typical, summer time heat and humidity comes the typical, summer time thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening. Not everyone will see storms. In fact, a good portion of our area will be dry. Have the rain gear handy with you just in case, as any storms that do develop won’t last too long.

With little wind shear in the atmosphere, it is unlikely that we’ll see severe weather. Do be on the alert, however, for a few isolated pockets of heavy rain and lightning. You can download the StormTrack 5 Mobile App to track the storms during the afternoon.

By Wednesday, we will be tracking a cold front well off to the west.

Ahead of that, comes some uncertainty. Models keep rain chances Wednesday fairly low, similar to Tuesday - which seems reasonable during the day. By the evening and night time, however, a wave of energy may move into the area, providing us with scattered showers and storms. Be sure to check back for updates.

As the cold front pushes across the Tri-Cities on Thursday, scattered showers and thunderstorms will likely develop. As the front passes south of the region, drier weather looks to be on the way with not much change in temperatures this coming weekend.

Warm and mainly dry weather is forecast Friday through Tuesday of next week.

Recap: Highs in the 80s to lower 90s through early next week. Lows in the 60s.

Our average high is 85°, low 64°.

Meteorologist Dave Dierks