Slightly cooler conditions today
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Temperatures are slightly cooler and the air is drier following yesterday’s weak cold front.
Sunny skies will dominate the afternoon around Middle Georgia today. Some cloud fields may develop as temperatures rise during the afternoon as well, especially given the fact that today’s highs are still in the upper 80s and lower 90s. That isn’t cool at all, but when compared to what the next few days are bringing it’s not as bad. Although cloud fields are possible later this afternoon, showers and storms are not expected, so we’ll have to find another way to beat the heat today. Fortunately for this afternoon our winds are generally northerly at about 5 mph.
Any clouds that do form in the afternoon will clear quickly after sunset. Clear skies will remain the rest of the night as temperatures drop into the upper 50s and lower 60s. Winds will come from the northeast and east-northeast at 5 mph.
The scorching of Middle Georgia begins tomorrow afternoon as highs soar into the mid 90s. The warmest spots will be pushing 96-97 during the peak afternoon hours. Balmy winds from the south-southwest at 5-10 mph will offer no relief either as they add more heat and moisture to the atmosphere. Luckily tomorrow should not be overall very muggy. Cloud fields will likely develop in the afternoon, and a couple of spotty storms cannot be ruled out.
Only a few high level clouds may stick around overnight, anything below that (cloud fields mainly) should clear quickly after sunset. Lows will stay warm as they only drop into the mid 60s. This is largely due to the south-southwesterly winds continuing to feed warm and moist air into the region.
Thursday and Beyond
Thursday will be the hottest day this week. Grab your water, grab your sunblock, and crank up your A/C. Highs will range from 95-99 degrees with the chance that some of the warmest spots may touch 100. The southwesterly winds will continue to feed more moisture into the atmosphere as well, so it will likely begin to feel muggy during the afternoon. Cloud fields and spotty storms are likely during the afternoon. Partly cloudy skies will persist overnight, warming lows into the upper 60s.
Friday will still be hot as highs reach the mid 90s once again. Sunshine will still dominate however a bit more added cloud cover is expected, especially late. Some spotty storms will be possible in the afternoon and evening. Winds will persist from the south-southwest, this time at about 7-12 mph. Overnight lows will drop into the upper 60s and lower 70s.
The weekend will see more cloud cover and highs dropping back below 90 degrees. Storm activity is likely to be more widespread as well. It is too early to tell whether or not severe weather will be on the table, however with summer patterns setting in we are shifting away from tornado season. Hurricane season, however, begins June 1st.
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