Summer makes a return, but only briefly

After a nearly week-long stretch
of beautiful fall-like weather and temperatures well below normal, summer has
made its presence felt once again across the Mid-South, with temperatures
returning back to the 90-degree level Monday for the first time since September
3. Fortunately, our next cold front is not far off in the future, which will
keep summer’s return brief, and also bring our next decent chance for rainfall.
Before that, another couple of
warm days are expected. After a low in the upper 60s Monday night, temperatures
will again reach the lower 90s on Tuesday. Humidity levels, though perhaps
slightly higher than Monday, should still be tolerable, keeping the heat from
becoming oppressive. By Tuesday night, increased moisture and cloud cover will
begin streaming back into the region ahead of the approaching cold front. One
more warm day is expected on Wednesday with temperatures back near 90, but the
chance for a few showers and thunderstorms will enter the picture as the front
pushes closer during the day.
The best chances for rain and
scattered thunderstorms look to be on Wednesday night into Thursday as the
front moves through the metro, which could make for a wet morning rush hour. As
the front clears the region Thursday night, high pressure will begin to build
in, though a few upper level disturbances may keep some clouds and a slight
chance for a few showers around into Friday and early Saturday.
Dry conditions
are then looking on tap for the remainder of the weekend, before rain chances
may see a return early next week. The front’s passage Thursday means the much
cooler temperatures will be back, with highs in the 70s on Thursday and Friday,
nearing 80 by Saturday. Lows will also be at very pleasant levels, with
readings near 60, and 50s possible especially in the outlying areas. Temperatures
will rebound back into the 80s Sunday and next Monday. For full forecast details, visit MWN.

–Kevin Terry,
GFS model forecast
for 7am Thursday shows possible rain in the metro area (click for larger image)

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