Tuesday, August 9, 2011
For the remainder of our Tuesday afternoon and early evening, showers and thunderstorms continue across the area. There could be a severe thunderstorm or two with damaging wind gusts especially for areas north of Interstate 10 and southeast Georgia where there is more instability and upper support.
Wednesday we start to transition into the hottest weather of the year as high pressure takes over in the atmosphere. Any storms will be few and far between mainly from St. Augustine southward. Highs will be well into the 90s. On Thursday and Friday many areas could hit 100 degrees in the shade and this does not include the humidity.
The tropics are quiet. But it will have to be watched closely as another named storm will be likely in the next 7 to 10 days.
Usually the beach is the place to go this time of year but not this week. We have a west wind taking over the pattern due to strong high pressure over the Gulf of Mexico. This means it will even be scorching on the sand with highs well into the 90s to near 100! The good news is this high pressure will weaken by the weekend with nice sea breezes returning, but until then make sure to slow it down and drink plenty of water. Surf will remain at a foot or less through at least Friday.
Our water temperatures are now in the upper 70s at the beach, but we could have some upwelling helping to decrease ocean temperatures. So swimming in the ocean would definitely provide some relief! Enjoy.