A warm day is in the making as winds blow out of the southeast today. This will increase afternoon highs into the low and mid 70s. Warmer air pushes in again tomorrow as well, with most returning to the mid and (for some) upper 70s. Check out the change in temperatures already for the day, with a change of 15 to 20 degrees from this time yesterday morning.
The warm temperatures can be thanked in large part to the warm front working through as a strong surge of winds blows in from the south. This will not only increase moisture and temperatures across the area but also provide breezy conditions this afternoon and especially into Wednesday. Looking below, areas could see gusts between 15 and 25 mph with ridges seeing the highest impacts with gusts up to 40 mph. These will be a bit stronger Wednesday, with some reports of 50+ mph not impossible. For reference, I am referring to non-convective winds (or wind gusts not associated with thunderstorms).
The timing of showers and isolated storms will be come mainly after midnight. These will push east, working out by late morning to early afternoon. Following, drier air will briefly fill in before the chance for isolated showers come in the days ahead as well as cooler temperatures. Highs in the 50s (which is our lows tonight) will come by Friday.
Showers and a few isolated thunderstorms will work in overnight and into Wednesday. The SPC does highlight a marginal risk for severe storms, but I still think the chances are low. With that said, the best chance for stronger storms will come during the morning to very early afternoon hours, with damaging wind gusts the primary threat. Outside of rain/storm chances, things will be breezy so be sure to secure any outdoor items and use caution if you are traveling in large profile vehicles.
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