Cat Days of Summer?
If the dog days of summer are characterized by hot and sultry conditions, this week could be thought of as the antithesis: the cat days of summer. We'll see more sunshine tomorrow afternoon with an increase in clouds late and a chance of showers and thunderstorms Wednesday night. Highs will be a few degrees warmer, in the upper 70s to around 80--still very comfortable but below the average of 82 degrees. Winds will stay light out of the west/southwest around 5-10 mph.
A system passing to the north of us Thursday is expected to drag a cold front through the state. Along that cold front we could see a few showers and perhaps a thunderstorm, but the timing is key. If it comes through during the overnight Wednesday into Thursday, we won't see much precipitation in the metro, just an isolated shower during the morning commute. If it moves through a little bit later and we can manage some daytime heating out ahead of it, then we'll have a better chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms around midday Thursday. Right now it looks like it will sweep through early enough with the best chance of showers to the north and east of the metro Thursday morning. Behind this front high pressure builds in from the northwest with comfortable 70s and more sunshine returning Friday and through the weekend.
Our jet stream changes position out of the west early next week with warmer weather, higher humidity and a more unsettled pattern. Right now it looks like we could see a few thunderstorms as early as Monday evening, but that may end up tracking well to our north. A more powerful storm system is possible Tuesday and Wednesday with highs rising into the mid and upper 80s; something to keep an eye on as we get closer.
-Meteorologist Sam Ryan
Updated: 12:38 PM