MIDWAY, Fl. (WTXL) -- Temperatures will stay warm, just like the second half of last week, as a strong ridge of high pressure stays firmly in control, blocking any cold front from reaching our local area.
This pattern will not be dry for all week, as a big change will occur in the form of the ridge breaking down, allowing fronts to swing in and bring elevated rain chances.
Here is what we saw for afternoon highs this Monday:
To start, Monday night into Tuesday morning will be fairly quiet, with south/southeast winds keeping the area somewhat humid. This could allow areas of fog to develop in the early morning. Temperatures in this period are forecast to reach the lower to middle 50s.
South winds will continue for the afternoon, promoting more warmth with highs back in the upper 70s. In addition, the moisture off the Gulf of Mexico will promote partly cloudy skies, with a stray shower possible.
Wednesday will be similar, with more warmth as winds turn west, helping us get close to 80° for highs. Lows are expected to be in the mid 50s. Skies will be partly cloudy in this period.
Thursday, a front will get closer to our area, helping to increase the coverage of showers to around 30%, with partly cloudy skies continuing and highs remaining in the mid to upper 70s.
Friday into Sunday, a series of upper level disturbances will help increase the coverage for showers and storms. Rain coverage will be more LIKELY for all of the Big Bend and South Georgia. In this period, highs look to stay in the lower 70s with mostly cloudy skies.
In addition, strong (possibly severe) thunderstorms may be possible during this period. While this is still several days out, be aware of the forecast from now until the weekend. Things can change. We'll have updates daily on air and online.
No major cool down is anticipated in the next seven days from now.
You can catch my forecast on WTXL ABC 27 News at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 11:00 this evening. Forecast Melanie Steinberg has your forecast tomorrow morning starting at 5:00am on WTXL Sunrise.
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