Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Near Tease Of Summer In March

Temperatures this morning are not only way above average, they're above our average highs for this time of the year.  We're starting today in the 50's nearly everywhere, warmest along I-95 and down in Southern Delaware where some upper 50's are reported in spots.  A band of showers was moving through the region at 4 AM and is working towards the coast.  This band of rain will be short lasting in duration and will be off the coast by sunrise.

Today is shaping up as the warmest day of the year so far -- highs will probably reach 75 in the city and I would not be shocked if we coaxed a few upper 70's in spots this afternoon in Delaware and suburban South Jersey.  After this first band of showers moves through, the next band of rain and thunder is working into Northwest PA with the "cool" front...and this front will cross the state slowly through the day today.  We should see skies clear off for a while or at least go mix of sun and clouds, which will allow us to warm through the course of the day.   Breezes will pick up from the west and southwest as we work into the afternoon, gusting to 20 mph in spots but generally in a steady 10-16 mph range.  Not bad...not as windy as last Thursday...and certainly breezes that will help pump the temperatures higher.

As the front approaches our warmth this afternoon, a few thunderstorms will pop along the boundary after 3 or 4 PM to our west and work east through the duration of the afternoon.  We're not anticipating a widespread line of nasty thunderstorms nor severe weather from it but a rumble of thunder can't be ruled out across Eastern Pennsylvania and even parts of New Jersey between 3/4 PM and 7 or 8 this evening.   If mid 70's didn't make it feel like it was Spring out, the isolated thunder threat should be the icing on the cake later on.