Wednesday, August 6 Forecast Discussion

High pressure has been building in above the surface, and as such, has been limiting our chance to see rain showers so far today. As this area of high pressure builds into the area through the rest of this week, rain chances remain slim with just a pop-up storm or two possible. Even with a slight uptick in rain chances for the weekend, most of us will remain dry through the next seven days.

The plot of our weather story is the extreme heat that has built in, and increasing humidity that will make it almost unbearable for most of the next several highs. As highs hold in the middle to upper 90s, heat indices will surpass 100 degrees, making it dangerous to be outside for long periods without water or breaks. While we look to remain below official heat advisory criteria for most of the next week, it will be no less soupy or sauna-like outside.

A glimmer of hope may appear late next week if we can get a trough to drop in our direction and attempt to bring a cold front into the area. Our forecast models are skeptical about this scenario, but are instead hinting that a subtropical high could build over the Gulf of Mexico, which would effectively lock in the heat and humidity and limit any chance of this heat wave breaking anytime soon.

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