May 6, 2015 11:04 PM
NH1 Chief Meteorologist - NH1.com
Hearts and thoughts go out to the people in the midwest suffering from damage from a tornado outbreak last night where over 40 tornadoes touched down from Oklahoma, to Nebraska and Kansas. Storms produced dangerous flash flooding as well. Storms will continue to bring severe weather and flash flooding right into the week. A deep trough in the west is supplying cooler air coming off the Rocky Mountains, while a huge ridge is in place in the Eastern US supplying unseasonal summer warmth and humidity. The colder air clashes into the warmth and triggers thunderstorms. This is a perfect set up for storms to rip right through tornado alley. It will be a very stormy next couple days for this part of the nation.
Meanwhile, across New Hampshire the weather could not be better. A top 10 day in the 70's Wednesday with not a cloud in the sky. Thursday will be a bit warmer with highs climbing to near 80-85 degrees, but still wall to wall sunshine with high pressure near by providing a light west wind.
Friday will feature a backdoor cold front pushing from Maine into New Hampshire with winds shifting to the east. This will make for a cooler day with temperatures in the mid 70's, even 60's at the coast with a mix of sun and clouds. Still fantastic weather. The ridge providing all of the summer weather for the eastern US will still remain firmly over us through the weekend. SW winds will kick out the sea breeze with temperatures warming back into the Lwr mid 80's Saturday with partly sunny skies. Sunday could be even warmer and more humid with highs in the mid 80's with a few locations giving a run to near 86-88 degrees! That kind of weather starts to get a little hot around the collar so make sure you come up with a plan to keep mom cool!
We will have to watch a a cold front across the Canadian border this weekend. This front will help to trigger the slight risk of a few scattered showers or a thunderstorm this weekend. Most of the time it will be dry, hazy and humid in the 80's. But during the afternoon hours, especially north of the Lakes region...a few scattered showers may pop near this front. Our best chance will be Sunday as the front pushes a little farther south. A few of these may even make it down into the Lakes region Sunday around 2-5 PM.
The energy triggering the storms in the midwest will push eastward Monday as a wave of low pressure tracing up through the Great lakes. The cold front will push farther south into New England with more widespread scattered showers and storms which could last into Tuesday. Some of these showers will come with locally heavy rain with the potential for a few of thses to become severe. We will have to wait and see. As the low pulls away, cooler air will follow in for the midweek with temperatures falling back in the 60's by Wednesday. An incredible run of summer weather for all the summer lovers out there!Good to know there is plenty more ahead.
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