Big changes on the way

Good Thursday, folks. It’s another hot and humid day as more rounds of storms develop as we continue with a similar pattern to recent days. The good news is we have some big changes on the way for the weekend as two cold fronts sweep in here and bring much better air.

Today is back into the upper 80s to low 90s for most of the state. High humidity levels will make it feel like the mid and upper 90s at times. That same high humidity will help crank thunderstorms that can put down a ton of rain in a small time span. These storms may also briefly go severe with damaging winds the main threat.

Here are your tracking tools for the day:

Before we get to the weekend systems, let’s talk about the system off the east coast. This continues to become tropical as it hugs the coast all the way to New England:

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That system will ride northward along the east coast through the weekend and could have a decent impact all the way into southern New England:

Two fronts dive in behind this system to impact our weather from Friday through the weekend. The first front arrives Friday with showers and storms on the increase. Strong storms and heavy rains will once again be possible. Temps and humidity levels come down behind this for Saturday and it feels pretty good. Our Saturday sky may look pretty darn nice, too.

A potent system drops in here Sunday with booming thunderstorms a good bet. Here’s a look at both systems:

Temps are generally in the low and middle 80s into early next week. Make sure to enjoy that because the hottest air of the summer may very well move in here later next week:

If you recall back in early May, the main analog to the late season record cold was 1966. That gave Lexington the coldest May temp ever recorded while this May gave us the second coldest May temp ever recorded. 1966 went on to feature a period of real deal heat (mid-upper 90s) in July, before below normal temps ensued from August through the winter. As a matter of fact, August 1966 couldn’t even get to 90 in Lexington. Interesting.

Happy Thursday and take care.

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