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!
-Nathan

Published by Nathan Coram

Hello! I'm Nathan Coram, a 19 year old meteorology student and weather geek, and am going into 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, 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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