Read the latest StormTrack 5 Forecast

POSTED: 6:28 PM Feb 27 2013   UPDATED: 5:49 AM Jul 23 2016
StormTrack 5 Team

AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT

HIGHS STAY IN THE 90S THIS WEEKEND

TURNING MORE HUMID THROUGH THE WEEKEND

ONLY SCATTERED SHOWERS AND STORMS EXPECTED

DAILY SHOT OF RAIN NEXT WEEK - STILL HOT AND HUMID

Saturday: Mix of clouds and sun. Hot and humid. A few pop-up storms. Highs 85-90 higher elevations and 90-95 in the valleys. West wind 10 mph or less.

Saturday Night:  A few evening storms taper off after sunset.  Otherwise, warm with patchy fog.  Lows 66-72.  Light wind.

Sunday: Partly cloudy.  Very hot and humid.  A few PM storms, especially near mountains.  Highs 88-95.  Light wind.

WEATHER SUMMARY:

The heat is on yet again!  We've hit the 90° mark *23* times in the last 52 days - putting us way ahead of pace for a 'normal' summer.

We'll be sure to hit 90° this weekend in the Tri-Cities, but with a bit more humidity in the mix - as a large area of high pressure in the central US breaks down.  With the humidity, we may see a few pop-up showers and storms Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Brief downpours and even some hail in spots are possible.  Keep in mind that most of the weekend will be dry and that not everyone will get rained on - but any time there's heat and humidity, you have that chance at a storm popping up. 

We also have to keep in mind the air quality, with this oppressive heat and humidity.  As of right now, an air quality alert is in effect for our region.  If you suffer from asthma or have lung disease/heart problems, you should limit outdoor activities on days like today and tomorrow.  Be sure to stay hydrated, and have a way to stay cool these next few days!

A front gets closer to the area on Monday, and then just hangs out over us Tuesday and Wednesday - giving us a daily shot at some showers and storms. 

By the middle of the week, we'll have to watch another storm system.  Where that goes will ultimately determine our rain/storm chances Thursday and Friday.  Stay tuned!

Temperature Outlook:  Highs in the upper 80s to mid 90s and lows near 70 each of the next seven days.

Our average high is 86°, low 64°.

Meteorologist Chris Michaels