Wednesday, May 15 Forecast Discussion

High clouds have already begun arriving as an upper level low moves east through Oklahoma and into Arkansas. This low will pass over us tomorrow, and as it does, may be able to touch off some popcorn variety showers and storms in the afternoon hours, although any rain will be widely scattered. The same holds true for Friday as our low departs the region, and before high pressure returns for Saturday into next week.

As high pressure returns and strengthens, we will see temperatures climb into the upper 80s to the warmest readings of the year so far. In fact, Monday through Wednesday could see some locations hit 90 for the first time this year. I am going to forecast us just below 90 because we will need to maximize all the warmth in this air mass, and since our ground is so saturated, that may be enough to keep us just shy of 90.

We won't see rain return to the forecast until Wednesday or Thursday when our next cold front arrives, which may end up being one of the last cold fronts we see for a while as a summer time pattern is already trying to set up shop over the Southeast.


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