If you thought it seemed a little warm this morning, your perception was absolutely correct. In fact, the morning low of 79 set a new record for the warmest morning low for this particular date. More than likely, it will not make it into the record books for the calendar day though as all indications point toward a good chance of showers/storms developing along a cool front that will be arriving before midnight. The rain cooled air should drop the temperature below 79 before the midnight hour arrives.
Also, despite the record warm start, temperatures so far today are actually running below where we were at the same time yesterday. That is due to the morning cloud cover and even a few showers which also contributed to the warm start. Even so, we still should reach the mid-upper 90s before the day is over with a gusty S to SW wind and partly cloudy to at times mostly cloudy skies.
Showers and storms are expected along the cool front as it pushes through the state before the midnight hour with the storms moving on eastward and out of the state by early Wed morning. The more N to NE wind for much of the day Wednesday will knock temperatures back somewhat, but the mostly sunny skies should still allow us to get back into the lower 90s after starting near 70.
After that, gusty southerly winds return for the latter part of the week along with a return to much above normal temperatures. However, conditions aloft continue to suggest at least a slight chance of a shower or storm on just about any given day going into the coming weekend.
We continue to see some signs of a potentially more significant change in the weather along about the Tue-Wed time frame of next week. As Alan mentioned in his excellent morning discussion, this looks to be a rather stout feature for this time of year and should bring another good chance of storms as it approaches and should be followed by a decent cool down for the first time this month.
In the meantime, stay cool, stay tuned, and check back for updates.