Sunday 7/19/20

Good morning!

With sunny skies and heat index values over 100 at times, expect a high around 99 today, with a southwest wind of 5-10 mph, and gusts up to 25 mph possible in the afternoon. It’s not impossible that we reach the 100 degree mark today if things run a little warmer than forecast; if that happens it would be our first 100 degree day since July 22, 2011, which reached a toasty 102 degrees. We had an awfully close brush with the 100 degree mark almost exactly a year ago, on July 20, 2019, but fell just short at 99 degrees. Either way, it’ll be very hot and a Heat Advisory is in effect, so stay cool and reduce outdoor activities if possible.

Tonight will be mostly clear and 75, with a southwest wind of 5-10 mph. (For reference, the high on Friday was 74. Lows in the 70s happen often in the summer but only getting down into the mid 70s is a lot less frequent). Monday will be mostly sunny and 94, with a west wind of 5-10 mph, heat index values around or over 100 at times, and a slight chance of an afternoon thunderstorm. Not many storms are likely to form in the region with limited forcing, but even so, a few storms could be strong to severe with heavy rainfall and strong wind gusts. Monday night will be mostly clear and 68, with a light west wind.

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Going beyond that, Tuesday now looks to be in the upper 80s as opposed to the low 90s, although a 90 degree reading isn’t fully out of the running for Tuesday. The rest of the week will likely be in the mid to upper 80s.

Have a great day!

Published by Nathan Coram

Hello! I'm Nathan Coram, a 20 year old meteorology student and weather geek, and am in my junior year at UMass Lowell as a meteorology major. I am the current Vice President of the UML American Meteorological Society Local Student Chapter. Prior to at UML, I attended the Dracut school system for my K-12 years, having graduated from Dracut High in 2018. I first got into weather with the December 2008 ice storm, which knocked out my electricity for 4 days. I had no idea how it could be raining and becoming ice immediately, and how rain can knock out power. (Now I do - warm layer aloft, cold air at surface). But I didn't really get into it until the heat of July 2010 and specifically a few severe weather events during that month, followed by the year 2011, which featured several high profile weather events. Since then I have had a growing interest, and am hoping to make it into the meteorology field, preferably with NOAA/NWS. But for now, I'm blogging here on Dracut Weather (also on Twitter and Facebook), helping with the UML Weather Center social media, and tweeting about the weather on my own account as well. Thanks for visiting!

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