Aug 27, 2015 11:30 PM
NH1 Weather Insider with Joe Joyce: August 28, 2015
NH1 Chief Meteorologist
Here we go ladies and gentlemen! The last weekend of August. Are you kidding me? Unfortunately I am not. Nothing left to do but smile! Smile because this Friday is going to be so darn nice it will be hard to take the smile off your face. Definitely a top 10 day of the year with sunshine, low humidity, light west winds. and highs in the 70's near 80. Hard to beat. This weekend will to be nice as well, but a few more clouds may enter the picture. High pressure will provide the comfortable air from Canada with a NW flow. But as the high slides off the coast south of New England, a warmer SW wind will push in a warmer more summer-like airmass into New England with highs in the mid 80's. High altitude clouds will stream through Saturday and Saturday night. Filtered sunshine along with these high cirrus clouds could make for some times of greyish skies on Saturday. These clouds will stick around early Sunday morning before thinning out and giving way to increasing sunshine for the second half of the weekend. It will be a much better weekend at the beach compared to last which was stuck in the cloud cover and periodic showers. This weekend will deliver to the beachgoers so plan to take advantage! High pressure will return for the start of next week with even warm summer air pushing into the Northeast. Highs will mostly remain in the 80's through mid week, but temps will flirt with the 90 degree mark for a few days...so there is a chance of a heat wave, but it could fall just short. We'll see. Either way...expect warm summery temps for much of next week with abundant sunshine.
We continue to watch the tropics closely. Devastating flooding over Dominica with heavy rain and mountainous terrain. Meanwhile, the circulation tracked just south of Puerto Rico sparing the island the worst of the flooding rain. The main circulation in exposed away from it's main shield of rain. We'll see if this low level circulation can survive it's trip over the hilly terrain over Hispaniola along with some increased wind shear. It will be tough, but if it does survive, once over the open waters near the Bahamas it could strengthen back into a stronger storm and maybe even a hurricane nearing Florida. It is amazing Florida has not seen a land falling Hurricane in 10 years! The last being Hurricane Wilma in 2005. This storm is no automatic. Some of our models have this skirting the eastern coastline and remaining just offshore. But the latest trends have been further west towards the coast. We'll see. So much is still up in the air regarding Erika. As I write this the National Hurricane Center has a track near the coast of Florida as a strengthening Cat 1 hurricane late Monday-Tuesday time frame as it moves up the coast. We will keep you up to date of any changes.