Day 1 Of Many Hot Afternoon Highs
Good morning! Check out the view over the Smokies at sunrise a few hours ago. This image comes courtesy of the GSMNP at Newfound Gap. It has been a pleasant start to the morning with most (as of 8 am) ranging in the low to mid 60s. Other than some light fog dissipating out, most started and will continue to be mostly sunny today.
Temperatures compared to this time yesterday are already warmer, and unfortunately, that will be reflected into this afternoon as well. Looking at the temperature change map below, temperatures for almost the entire eastern third of the US are running 10 to 15 degrees warmer than this time yesterday. In terms of highs this afternoon, most will top out in the low and mid 90s, with several more days of similar conditions still to come.
Looking forward, there's little to discuss rain-wise through the end of the work week. Can't entirely rule out a stray shower or sprinkle overnight Wednesday, otherwise dry conditions persist. With that said, we do look to have a chance by the end of the weekend and into next week, as a cold front sweeps through. As it does so, scattered showers will be possible Sunday and Monday, with cooler temperatures (mid and upper 80s) returning early next week. We will keep an eye on this, but rainfall amounts will more than likely be very limited, and on average, few and far between.
That will do it for today. This biggest take away for the week will be the heat. Keep your heat safety in mind by drinking plenty of fluids, limiting outdoor time, enjoy that shade and A/C, and knowing the symptoms of heat related illnesses.
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