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Forecast Last Updated at Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 6:52AM

Finish Strong, Unsettled Week

The weekend concludes much like it began. Expect plenty of heat before isolated afternoon thundershowers develop along the eastern ridges and head towards the foothills. This week provides the opportunity for those lacking in the rainfall department to catch-up. Ample heat and moisture combined with an approaching front contribute to a daily dose of afternoon showers and storms, particularly late in the work week. Temperatures will come down a touch with the additional clouds and showers.

Sunday

Hi: 81 Lo: 60

Partly cloudy & still warm; Isolated PM showers & t-showers; Light SW wind
Monday

Hi: 81 Lo: 60

More afternoon clouds; Widely scattered PM showers & t-showers; Light South wind
Tuesday

Hi: 79 Lo: 61

Afternoon cloud build-ups; Scattered PM showers & t-showers; SW wind 5-10 mph
Wednesday

Hi: 79 Lo: 62

Partly to mostly cloudy; Scattered PM showers & t-showers
Thursday

Hi: 77 Lo: 58

Mostly cloudy; Scattered showers & t-showers, mainly PM

Further Out

Friday - More clouds than sun; Scattered PM showers & t-showers; Trending not as warm; High in the mid 70s; Low in the upper 50s
Saturday - Partly to mostly cloudy; Scattered PM showers and t-showers; High in the mid 70s; Low in the upper 50s

Forecast Discussion

I'll start with the end of the forecast first. In hopes of a clean frontal passage leading to cooler and less muggy conditions by Friday I am reminded it's still August. While a month from now will likely look and feel a lot different there's still a solid few weeks of summer left and the advertised front will not make a clean pass Thursday. Rather, the front behaves "like it should" and stalls over the Southeast contributing to a continuation of showers and thundershowers into next weekend. Enhanced cloud cover and rainfall will lead to less warmth, but not because of an airmass change.

As far as today is concerned there will be a few afternoon thundershowers around that mosey into the foothills, much like yesterday. Once again it will be exceptionally warm.

Shower coverage slowly ramps up as the week progresses. Tomorrow has "widely scattered" coverage of PM showers and storms followed by "scattered" coverage each day thereafter as the front. The aforementioned front moves through late Thursday likely making it the wettest day of the week.

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