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Heat and humidity for the week

Posted by David Epstein  June 24, 2013 01:02 PM

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Heat and humidity are on tap for the next few days. Yesterday many areas hit 90F. Since most places will hit 90F, or higher, the next 2 or 3 days this latest round of sultry weather will mark heat wave number two for the season.There hasn't been an official heat wave for Logan Airport yet, but as you know from reading my blog, I don't really think that matters since no one lives there. If you live right along the water, you probably won't have a heat wave either.

I'll be updating the details of the July 4th forecast on Twitter at @growingwisdom Please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

To forecast thunderstorms, meteorologist look for something to lift the air off the ground high enough build clouds and eventual showers. As temperatures climb this afternoon the air will become warm enough for storms to form. Some of these storms could contain very heavy rain and some dangerous lightning, but widespread severe weather isn’t likely.

This pattern of warm days and scattered storms is going to continue through the end of the week. The core of the heat will arrive tomorrow when temperatures will be about 2 degrees warm than today. Even today a few spots will get close to record levels. Records for today: BOS is 95 set in 1976, PVD is 94 set in 1980, BDL is 94 set in 1975 and ORH is 91 set in 1914.

While there are showers and thunderstorms in the forecast for the next several days, much of the time will be mostly sunny and the beach will be a good place to be. If storms do occur, most of them would begin after 2 or 3 PM.

The winds at high levels are very weak this week. This means that any rain storms will move slowly so areas seeing a storm could see localized street flooding as the storms sit over an area for up to an hour. In that short period of time, enough rain can fall to create some big puddles.

For some of you this weekend might mark the start of your vacation. I know that each day the weather matters a lot and a few hours of showers can make a big difference in plans. One of the aspects of the weather that looks very consistent the next week to 10 days is the humidity. While I don’t expect every day to have oppressive humidity, I do see humid conditions to be the rule.

As a flow of air continues from the south the levels of moisture in the air will remain high. Along with high levels of moisture comes the risk of these showers and storms. The challenge for forecasters will be to determine the timing of these minor interruptions in the nice weather.

If you are wondering when the air might dry out a bit and we can lose some of the humidity, you will likely have to wait until after the 4th of July. That saying about the humidity not the heat is really going to apply as we close out the 6th month.

Gardening this week
How are the plantings looking that you have against the foundation of your dwelling? Are they overgrown, too small or crowded? Check out this video in which I show you one foundation planting from start to finish. I added several important tips throughout the video.

I'll be updating the details of the July 4th forecast on Twitter at @growingwisdom Please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

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David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturalist for three decades. David spent 16 years at WCVB in Boston and currently freelances for WGME in Portland, ME. In 2006, More »
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