Warm weather continues. Rain and storm chances return to the forecast.
We have another partly sunny and very warm day ongoing across the Valley area today. Temperatures across the majority of the area are in the upper 80s to lower 90s as of the time of this blog post, and many of us will top out in the lower 90s today. We have mainly puffy cumulus clouds across the area, but I can't 100% rule out a stray pop-up shower here and there this afternoon. But for the vast majority of us today, we will be dry.
Temperatures across much of the central and eastern portion of the nation are warm, with widespread temperatures in the 80s to near 90 degrees. The cooler air is moved into the Northern Rockies, and that is not going to come anywhere remotely close to us. We will stay in the mid 80s through Thursday, but temperatures gradually step down a little bit on Friday with an increase in cloud cover and rain coverage, and then behind that cold front, we're back into the upper 70s to near 80 for the Memorial Day Weekend.
Rain chances start to step up on Wednesday as a disturbance moves into the area. Scattered showers and storms look to be a good bet during the afternoon hours. A few isolated storms are possible again on Thursday, but they will be much more isolated and hit-or-miss in nature. As we go into Friday though, a bigger front approaches the area, and a more widespread batch of showers and storms look more likely. Rainfall could be locally heavy at times, and I can't rule out maybe a strong storm or two with gusty winds and heavy rain. That moves out of the way in time for sunshine to return for the upcoming holiday weekend before rain chances increase again next Tuesday.