Monday, April 30, 2012

May 1st, 2012 Forecast

After a cool and unsettled week last week, we'll keep the unsettled and kick up the temperatures.  Even after receiving about 2 inches of rain last week, the area is still about 4.5 to 5 inches below where we should be for the year.  The week ahead does hold many opportunities to receive some precipitation, but with warmer temperatures than last week.  

Showers and thunderstorms move in tonight as a low pressure system moves in from the Ohio Valley. Rain will be mostly light, but some convection may lead to moderate rain.  Temps in the city stick in the lower 50s.  Winds will be around 10 mph from the south, but could turn gusty in the heavier showers and thunderstorms.  Tuesday will see the rain and thunderstorms continue under mostly cloudy skies.  Temperatures will reach the lower 70's in the Philly metro, inching close to 75 as you head south.

Unsettled is the key word for the rest of the work week.  Temperatures on Wednesday remain close to 70-degrees.  Thursday, a major temperature swing bumps temperatures into the 80's, but that heat increases the chance for pop-up thunderstorms.  Friday will still see a chance of showers and thunderstorms, however towards evening a majority of the precipitation should start to move out.  I wouldn't cancel any Friday evening plans, at this point. 

The next weekend looks half and half.  Saturday will be partly to mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain but Saturday will not be a complete washout.  Temperatures lower slightly into the mid- to upper-70's.  Sunday looks to be the best day of the seven-day.  Skies start to clear out and temperatures start to moderate to around 75-degrees.  Monday, the start of the new work week starts dry, with temperatures still above normal.