TGIF and happy Bow Tie Friday, folks. We have a barn burner of a forecast in store for today and it will probably be a bit more humid than yesterday. This morning you can already feel the heat and stickiness of the air. Temperatures start in the 50s/60s with mild sailing conditions and clear visibility. As we enter mid-morning, temperatures will be hovering in the mid-70s and already nearing 80 degrees.
At this rate, we are on schedule to smash multiple high temperature records at our major weather observing stations in the North Country, Champlain Valley, Upper Valley, and Northeast Kingdom. Readings will work their way through the upper 80s into the low 90s this afternoon alongside dew point temperatures in the 60s. It will make for a warm and humid second half of the day with some haziness in addition. Blur filters through the passage of wildfire smoke into the upper levels of the atmosphere. It could make for a beautiful sunset tonight.
The weekend forecast is getting a bit more active as a warm front lifts into the region on Saturday with additional cloud cover, slightly “cooler” temperatures and a stray mountain downpour/storm. High temperatures will crack into the low to mid 80s on what will be, generally, a dry day to start the weekend.
Sunday’s weather becomes more insipid as a cold front approaches New England. This cold front coming from the west will mean a partly to mostly cloudy morning followed by a rainy and stormy afternoon. Scattered showers and storms are likely, with some of these storms having the potential to become severe. Any strong storm could produce wind gusts over 50 mph with frequent lightning and heavy downpours. Needless to say, the choice of the weekend will be Saturday, but the rain is welcome after very dry weather.