Soggy weather that darkened the skies late this week into Friday morning will part for a beautiful day today, forecasters predict.
"We have a front that's moving slowly across Tennessee," said David Hotz, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Morristown, Tenn. "It's causing some pretty significant flooding in the Great Smoky Mountains, and it's going to hang up around the mountains and have some regeneration late Saturday evening into Sunday morning."
That might spoil Sunday morning plans, but forecasters said we're leaving behind unseasonably cool July temperatures. The average temperature last month was 78.4 degrees, a degree cooler than usual.
"But for the start of the work week, for the first week in August, we will have typical August weather," said David Glenn, chief meteorologist for WTVC-TV NewsChannel 9. "We will have hot, humid days with the chance of thunderstorms."
Over 30-year averages, July and August always are the hottest months of the year, Mr. Glenn said. July typically packs the most punch, though lately the trend has been reversed. August 2007 was the hottest ever on record, but July 2007 was a degree cooler than usual, Mr. Glenn said.
Fortunately, Mr. Glenn said, this year the area is headed into August with a nice flush of rain to soak the soil. Over the last week, about three-quarters of an inch of rain fell at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. That's good news because August will continue to be balmy, Mr. Hotz said.
"Looking at the extended forecast ... we're going to have temperatures more likely to be in the lower 90s," he said.
Mr. Hotz said that trend will continue until the final week or two of the month, when temperatures finally will begin a slow descent into typical fall weather.