Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Sterling, VA
FXUS61 KLWX 200138 AAA
Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
938 PM EDT Tue Jul 19 2016
A cold front will move south of the area tonight. High pressure
will build overhead for Wednesday and Thursday. High pressure over
the Atlantic will control the weather pattern for Friday through
Sunday. A cold front may impact the area early next week.
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
A few showers and even a t-storm will still be possible through
about midnight with passage of a cdfnt. Earth Networks Lightning
Detection picking up some lightning over Montgomery county between
Germantown and Gaithersburg and confirmed by a NWS employee.
Overnight, expecting skies to clear. Nice day tomorrow relatively
speaking before heat wave begins.
.SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT/...
High pressure will remain over the region for Wednesday through
Wednesday night...bringing dry and seasonably warm conditions
along with lower humidity. The high will shift offshore Thursday
and a return flow will develop. Humidity will begin to increase
during this time. A popup shower or thunderstorm cannot be ruled
out over the Potomac Highlands into central Virginia during the
afternoon and evening hours...especially over the higher terrain.
Thursday night will turn out warm and humid as high pressure
settles off to the south and east.
.LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
The return and amplification of heat and humidity will be the main
story for the end of the week and into the weekend.
Much of the time period will feature northwest flow aloft with
warming temperatures and a gradual return in humidity. Core of
large upper ridge will be centered over the central US with the
Northeastern US/Mid Atlantic on the periphery with largely
west/northwest flow. With this type of pattern would expect a risk
of some showers/thunderstorms with daytime instability and
potential MCS`s moving along the periphery of the ridge.
Expecting widespread 90s for high temperatures Friday through
Monday. Humidity should be initially tempered in the westerly flow,
but as northwest flow weakens Sunday and possibly turns southwest
ahead of an approaching front, will see humidity values rise. Thus
the combination of heat/humidity will likely lead to heat index
values in excess of 100F, and heat headlines may be necessary. The
most oppressive days currently appear to be Saturday and Sunday.
As frontal system approaches Monday, will see the chances for
synoptically driven showers/thunderstorms increase.
.AVIATION /02Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
Remainder of tonight, prob too low for any mention of t-storms.
Patchy fog around KCHO where some rain fell today.
Generally VFR expected from Friday and through the weekend. A few
showers/thunderstorms are possible which may bring a brief period of
sub-IFR conditions. Patchy fog also possible during overnights, but
coverage not likely to be widespread.
A cold front will slowly drop through the waters today into
tonight. A few showers and thunderstorms are possible mainly
across the Tidal Potomac and lower Chesapeake Bay. Thunderstorms
will be capable of producing locally gusty winds. A pressure surge
will develop behind the cold front late tonight into early
Wednesday. Winds may approach SCA criteria for a brief period
during this time. However...the pressure surge will be weak so
confidence was too low for an SCA headline at this point.
High pressure will remain over the waters Wednesday through
Wednesday night before moving offshore Thursday. A return
southerly flow will develop for Thursday into Thursday night.
Mostly sub-SCA conditions expected for the end of the week and
weekend, however brief intervals of gusts up to around 20 knots