Friday, April 06, 2012

April 7th, 2012 Forecast

Cool, dry and breezy weather keep the region in a "fire and ice" dichotomy, with Red Flag Warnings posted for the daytime and Freeze Warnings for the overnight.  High temperatures will boost into the mid-60's this weekend with Easter Sunday being one of the better days in the extended forecast however, this warmth is short lived as a major pattern change sets up for next week.

Red Flag Warnings will expire at 8pm tonight, however winds will continue to remain gusty.  Temperatures will hover just south of the 40-degree mark.  The Freeze Warnings are up for counties north and west of the city, excluding Delaware County and for the Pine Barons of New Jersey.  Hopefully tonight will provide firefighters in New Jersey some assistance fighting two wildfires.

Sunday, temperatures may peak above 65-degrees.  Winds should also start to relax under mostly sunny skies.  The warmth is short-lived however, as Monday we're back down in the lower 60's.  Monday also starts a big pattern change as a low pressure will move to our south, then retrograde  - or move back west - over the area.  This will bring several small disturbances into the area through the middle of next week.   Monday through Wednesday, temperatures will be lower, skies will be mostly cloudy and there is a chance of rain each day, with the best chance being on Tuesday.

We'll come out of the pattern starting Thursday, as shies clear but temperatures remain in the upper 50's.  The end of our extended forecast shows temperatures starting to rebound, but a peak into the next weekend shows temperatures up in the upper 60's to near 70-degrees under clearer skies.  There's something to look forward to.