Weather: I Love the 90's

Near record heat today, showers for the weekend

It may be April, but today will feel like summer as warm breezes out ahead of a cool front push temperatures into the upper 80s throughout the region.

Record highs in the region are 89 or 90 depending on your location. Those were set in 2002. That 2002 heat also featured temperatures in the mid 90s a couple of days later, but we are unlikely to duplicate that this week. A cool front crosses the region early in the overnight hours on Tuesday, bringing a slow slip in temperatures for Tuesday and beyond.

In the wake of the frontal passage, temperatures step down from the upper 80s on Monday to the 70s on Tuesday -- to around 70 on Wednesday and through the balance of the week. There's a chance for a shower or sprinkle on Wednesday, especially south of us, as a weak wave of low pressure pushes northeast. 

There is potential for a low pressure system to impact the region for the weekend. The details, like the track and timing, are uncertain, but the majority of computer guidance out there shows this storm system lifting north and northeast out of the deep south, bringing rain and thunder to the region on Saturday and perhaps Sunday. It's possible this storm system brings us the most significant rainfall we've seen in some time, which would come in handy as our rainfall for the year is only at about half of normal levels.

Going into late April, more typical weather will return after this weekend's storm system. Other than our flirtation with 90 to start the workweek, no real signs of big time heat are in the offing for a while.

Tom Thunstrom is the editor and publisher of Phillyweather.net. You can follow the site on Twitter @phillywx or on  Facebook .


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