Slight cool-down expected in Chattanooga area next week after weekend storms

Slight cool-down expected in Chattanooga area next week after weekend storms

July 18th, 2019 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

Doc West plays in the water at The Passage at Ross's Landing on Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Temperatures Friday are expected to climb into the 90s.

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

After the hottest June on record across the nation, a slight cool-down is expected in the Chattanooga area next week after scattered showers over the next few days.

Highs are expected to be in the low 90's with lows in the low-to-mid 70's over the weekend, but temperatures should cool off to the mid-80's early next week with lows in the mid 60's to low 70's. There is about a 50% chance of scattered storms over the weekend, according to WRCB.

According to the WRCB forecast, storms are most likely in the afternoon over the weekend, and will be followed by cooler, drier air next week.

"I do think we'll see some areas of heavy rain popping up here and there, but it's not going to be anything that is widespread and encompassing the entire area," meteorologist David Karnes said Thursday. "We'll just have these possible pop-up showers and thunderstorms possible each afternoon."

Melanie Cortes plays in the water at The Passage at Ross's Landing on Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Temperatures Friday are expected to climb into the 90s.

Melanie Cortes plays in the water at The...

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

The chance of rain goes down to about 30% on Tuesday, with humidity around 70% and highs near 85 degrees in the middle of next week. Lows drop down as low as 65 degrees next week, as storms and humidity clear out after a front moving through on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"That sweeps out not only our chances of rain, but a lot of the humidity and cools our temperatures back down," Karnes said. "It is going to feel really, really nice by the middle of next week, but between here and there we have a lot of humidity, warm air, a few showers and thunderstorms, and basically typical July air."

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday announced that June averaged 60.6 degrees, about 1.7 degrees warmer than the 20th century average, according to the Associated Press.

It beat out 2016 for the hottest June with records going back to 1880. NASA and other groups also concluded that last month was the hottest June on record.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Forecast

Friday

High 92, Low 74

Hot, humid, scattered storms in afternoon and evening

Saturday

High 90, Low 73

Hot, humid, scattered thunderstorms

Sunday

High 89, Low 70

Scattered storms

Monday

High 86, Low 68

Scattered storms

Tuesday

High 85, Low 65

Early isolated showers, dropping humidity

Source: WRCB-TV Channel 3


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