Monday, July 01, 2013
July Starts Like June Ends
July is going to start just like June ended -- tropical, thundery, with the potential for heavy rain. A plume of tropical moisture is pushing north up the East Coast and will result in occasional rain and thunder through the day, some of it heavy at times. While the threat for severe weather is low, some of the stronger storms could produce localized gusty winds and perhaps some small hail.
Rainfall will be most prevalent during the afternoon and evening around the region, with some localized two to three inch rainfall totals possible in the heaviest of rains. However, there are some areas of rain and thunder out there this morning to our west -- along the Chester & Lancaster County lines as of 5 AM, moving generally NNE right along the border of those counties.
There will be some lulls in the rainfall and thunderstorm activity out there, with some locations seeing quite a bit less rain than others. The best chances for a tolerable (although humid) day reside along the Shore and Delaware beaches.
Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for today throughout the Delaware Valley.
Highs today will range from the lower to middle 80's through the region, likely around or just after midday. We're pegging Philadelphia for 84 as an early afternoon high, with temperatures likely to fall back some as storms take over in the afternoon hours.
In addition to the warmth, dew points in the lower and middle 70's will result in a rather tropical feel around the region.