A trough of low pressure, and associated warm front, passed through the region overnight last night. Aside from bringing some beneficial rainfall to the area, the system is going to be responsible for what appears to be the beginning of another spell of late summer heat and humidity through the coming work week.
The weather pattern over the country consists of a large ridge of high pressure over the center of the nation. On either side of this ridge are two troughs, one over the eastern seaboard, and the other over the Pacific northwest. The jet stream is displaced well northward, over Canada. This type of a weather pattern usually brings above average temperatures to our region, along with chances for scattered showers and thunderstorms, as disturbances ride over the top of the large ridge complex, and dive southeastward, over New York state.
A cold front looks to pass through the region late Thursday and into Thursday evening bringing a more pronounced threat of shower and thunderstorm activity. This should be followed by a break in the humidity levels to close out the week and head into the weekend, though temperatures look to remain near to slightly above normal, as the large ridge to our west continues to hold sway, and rebuilds northeastward toward our region. Increasing humidity levels look to be back in the picture by Sunday.
The Labor Day weekend looks like it could get pretty interesting, especially later on Sunday night and into Monday morning, as a potent cold front looks to sweep eastward across the region. We are monitoring trends concerning this system, as it looks like it could bring some turbulent weather to the region. Stay tuned for further updates through the week.
...Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...
Today: Mostly sunny and mild. A slight chance of some scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. High in the mid 80’s. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 20 percent.
Tonight: A slight chance of an evening shower or thunderstorm. Otherwise, variably cloudy and muggy with areas of patchy fog forming. Low in the mid 60’s. Light northwest winds. Chance of rain in the evening is 20 percent.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, warm, and humid with a chance of an afternoon shower. High in the mid 80’s. Northwest winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 20 percent.
Wednesday Night: A slight chance of an evening shower. Otherwise, variably cloudy and muggy with areas of patchy fog forming. Low in the mid 60’s. Light northwest winds. Chance of rain in the evening is 20 percent.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, warm, and humid. Showers and thunderstorms possible during the afternoon. High in the mid 80’s. Northwest winds 5-15 MPH. Chance of rain is 50 percent.
Friday: Mostly sunny. High near 85 and low near 60.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High near 85 and low near 60.
Sunday: Mostly sunny with a 40 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. High near 85 and low near 65.
Labor Day: Mostly sunny with a 30 percent chance of a shower or thunderstorm. High near 85 and low near 65.