Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Relief In Sight

It is about this time of year after a long hot summer that everyone longs for the heat and humidity to be over.  Meteorological summer is over, but the misery of summer lingers. People are sick and tired of the heat and humidity.

Therefore the first cold fronts of the fall season are a welcome relief.  No need to get out the jackets, but it will be refreshing once a cold front passes through the Midlands Saturday night.  The change is noticeable on the 7-day forecast for Columbia.

The 7-day forecast.  Image Credit: WLTX-TV

Until the front arrives it will remain hot and humid.  There will be a chance for thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and evening.  The next chance for thunderstorms will be Saturday afternoon and evening as the front approaches and moves through the Midlands.  The cold front should be along the coast by Sunday morning.  There will be a slight chance of showers until a second front passes Sunday afternoon.

The cold front will pass through the Midlands Saturday night.  Here are the forecast frontal positions for 8 a.m. Sunday.  Image Credit: NOAA/HPC.

The outlook for next week is for temperatures to be cooler than normal.  It will be a noticeable change from the heat and humidity.  High pressure will be building into the eastern part of the country bringing milder, drier air.

The 6 to 10 day forecast for September 10-14.  Image Credit: NOAA/CPC.

It will not be exactly fall-like, but it will be the first air mass of the season to make a difference.  The weather will be beautiful next week with lots of sun and no rain expected.  Daytime temperatures will be in the low to mid 80s and nighttime temperatures will be in the upper 50s to low 60s.

It would be nice for the weather to last into the next weekend, but it will be warming by then.  So enjoy this first break from the heat and humidity.