Record heat on tap this weekend

Temperatures inched close to the record on Friday, but will soar past that on Saturday afternoon.  Highs Saturday afternoon are expected to reach the 80s to near 90 in some spots.  The old record for the day is 86°.  In fact, we've only hit 90° in the Tri-Cities one other time in the month of April.  That was way back in 1941. 

With a little humidity in the air, we can't rule out a stray shower or storm during the afternoon and early evening.  However, the best chance for anything widespread stays north of here.  Might be a nice night for a campfire! 

Sunday, the winds pick up a little bit.  Temperatures will still be in the mid to upper 80s!  The record high on Sunday is 89°, and that too will be in jeopardy.  Any showers, again, will be very isolated during the afternoon.  Our best chance for rain, in the immediate future, comes on Monday.

A cold front starts moving east into the area, sparking some showers and even a few thunderstorms.  One or two could become strong, with the main threat being strong winds.  Winds will be gusty early on, even without the presence of a thunderstorm.  Temperatures top out in the 70s, before drier air moves in for the middle of the week.

Lows Tuesday and Wednesday mornings will be in the upper 40s, and highs will get into the 70s.  Another storm system moves in later in the week, and looks like the more potent weather system this week.  This is likely to drop more rain (exact totals and impacts unknown at this time) and drop temperatures too.  Daytime highs on Thursday and Friday will likely only be in the 60s.  Stay tuned for updates.


Temperature Outlook: Highs near 90 Saturday, 80s Sunday, low middle 70s Monday through Wednesday, 60s Thursday and Friday. Lows in the low to mid 60s through Sunday night, upper 40s Monday and Tuesday nights, and 50s Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Our average high is 72°, low 46.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with record heat likely. Isolated PM pop-up t-showers. Highs 85-91. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy.  Patchy fog. Lows 55-62. Light wind.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and very warm. Breezy. Highs 80-87. South wind increasing to 10-20 mph during the afternoon.

Sunday Night: Increasing clouds.  Breezy at times and mild.  Lows 60-66.  South wind 5-15 mph.

Monday: Windy, especially early on.  Showers and scattered thunderstorms during the daytime. Highs 68-75.  Southwest wind 10-25 mph, gusting higher in spots.

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