Yesterday marked the third consecutive day of 90 degree plus high temperatures being achieved at the Albany International Airport. By definition, the region is currently experiencing a heat wave, which is expected to intensify through the next couple days as strong high pressure, anchored to our south and west, pumps in additional hot and humid air to the region. Only an outside chance of an afternoon or evening, ‘pop up’, shower or thunderstorm looks possible through Thursday evening as a couple of weak disturbances ride over top of the huge and expansive ridge of high pressure in place.
A cold front approaches the region late Thursday night, however, it does not look to make much southward progress, and looks to run the risk of bringing some turbulent weather to areas closer to the Canadian border. This boundary lifts back north of the Canadian border as a warm front by Friday morning, allowing the heat and humidity to surge back into the Capital Region, unabated, to end the work week. Friday and Friday night look to be perhaps the hottest day of the ‘heat wave’ as temperatures could soar well into the 90’s in most places during the day, and only retreat into the low and mid 70’s overnight.
The weekend looks to start out hazy and humid, however, a strong cold front will approach during the day on Saturday, bringing the threat for some scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms with it. This front will likely put an end to the oppressive conditions, and thus, some strong to locally severe thunderstorms will be possible with its passage. The main threats from thunderstorm activity look to be strong winds and perhaps some small hail at this juncture.
Cooler and far less humid air will filter into the region by Sunday, and last into the next week.
…Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity…
Today: Hazy, hot, and humid with a slight chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. High 90-95. South to southwest winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 20 percent.
Tonight: A slight chance of an evening thunderstorm, otherwise hazy and muggy with areas of patchy fog forming. Low in the lower 70’s. Light southwest winds. Chance of rain is 20 percent.
Thursday: Hazy, hot, and humid with a slight chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. High 90-95. West winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 20 percent.
Thursday Night: A slight chance of an evening thunderstorm, otherwise hazy and muggy with areas of patchy fog forming. Low near 70. Light southerly winds. Chance of rain is 20 percent.
Friday: Hazy, hot, and humid with a chance of a shower or thunderstorm during the afternoon. High in the mid 90’s. Southwest winds 5-15 MPH. Chance of rain is 30 percent.
Saturday: Hazy, hot, and humid with a 30 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. High near 90 and low near 70.
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of a morning shower or thunderstorm, otherwise becoming mostly sunny and less humid. High near 80 and low near 60.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High near 80 and low near 60.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High near 85 and low near 60.
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