The Capital Region and vicinity will be on the southern periphery of the northern, or polar, jet stream through the upcoming weekend. High pressure remains in firm control of the southern two thirds of the nation, with a center over New Mexico and Texas. The Capital Region is on the northeastern periphery of this high pressure ridge, which has caused the jet stream to be displaced northward over the Canadian border.
These types of weather patterns usually bring above normal temperature and humidity levels to the Capital Region, along with scattered showers and thunderstorms, thanks to disturbances riding along the jet stream. Thus will be the case for the area through the coming weekend. A rather repetitive forecast will be the result until a potent cold front passes through the region on Labor Day. This cold front will initiate an abrupt pattern shift over our region by allowing some Canadian air to filter southward for the coming shortened work week. A secondary frontal system reinforces the cooler airmass by midweek.
Normal high temperatures for Albany, NY for this time of year are in the upper 70’s for highs, and upper 50’s for lows. As the work week comes to an end this week, high temperatures are forecast to be a good 5 degrees below normal, with low temperatures running as much as 5 to 10 degrees below normal.
..Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...
Today: Partly sunny and humid with scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall is possible. High 80-85. Southwest winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 60 percent.
Tonight: Evening showers and thunderstorms with locally heavy rainfall possible. Otherwise, mostly cloudy and muggy with areas of patchy fog forming. Low in the upper 60’s. Southerly winds 5-10 MPH, becoming light overnight. Chance of rain is 50 percent.
Sunday: Partly sunny and humid with scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. High in the mid 80’s. South winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 40 percent.
Sunday Night: Evening showers and thunderstorms possible. Otherwise, mostly cloudy and muggy with areas of patchy fog forming. Low in the upper 60’s. South winds 5 MPH or less. Chance of rain is 50 percent.
Labor Day: Mostly cloudy and humid with scattered showers and thunderstorms. High near in the lower 80’s. South winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 60 percent.
Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning. Otherwise, becoming mostly sunny and less humid. High near 80 and low near 60.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and less humid. High near 75 and low near 55.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High near 75 and low near 55.
Friday: Mostly sunny. High near 75 and low near 55.