Jul 30, 2015 9:25 PM
NH1 Chief Meteorologist
Well that was fun! The heat wave has come an gone. The consecutive days at 90+ and now it is all over for now. The cold front swept through Thursday with a few downpours and gusty winds. Skies have cleared behind the front and a much more comfortable airmass sits over us today with dewpoints returning to the 50's. Friday will have abundant sunshine, and temperatures will still remain warm, just not as hot with highs in the 80's. It will be a great kick off to the weekend with one of the best beach days of the year with sunshine and high in the mid to upper 80's even at the beach with a wind from the WSW. Just make sure you have your sunscreen because the sun will be bright!
Warm and Less Humid air will be the story of the weekend, the only issue will be an upper level trough in place from the Great Lakes to the Northeast. This trough will supply the pleasant air from Canada, but it will spin in periodic shortwaves of energy which provide lift and aid in some cloud development and maybe even an periodic shower or thunderstorm. While I expect most of the weekend to be dry in the 80's with sunny to partly sunny skies. There is a slight chance of a pop up afternoon shower due to this energy which will be directed above our heads. This will be a great beach weekend as WSW winds will provide a warm land breeze which will help to keep the beaches busy. The area which may have the best chance of a shower would be the north mountains thanks to the orographic effect as west winds will lift up over the mountains into the cooler air aloft which could trigger a pop up shower during the peak heating of the day.
Our next real chance of showers or storms will come Monday night and early Tuesday as a cold front will sweep through. Temperatures will become seasonally cool by the midweek with temperatures in the 70's. So expect a cooler start to the month of August. This upper level trough is going to be a main part of the weather story for next week. The trough will suppress any sort of big warm up through next weekend. By that time, I am sure we will be wondering when the heat will return?!
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