Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KPHI 172102

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
502 PM EDT Wed Jul 17 2019

The remnants of former tropical cyclone Barry will continue to
move across the area tonight through Thursday while a cold front
slowly settles across the area as well. The front will finally
push south of the area and wash out Thursday night. A lee side
trough is forecast to develop across the east coast Friday and
continue through the weekend. A couple of cold fronts move
southward toward the area over the weekend, but never make it
into the area, before a stronger cold front moves across the
east coast Sunday night into Monday night.


Severe thunderstorm watches now include the entire region.
Latest mesoanalysis indicates that the southern half of the
region may have instability similar to the northern half of the
region. Radar trends show a QLCS to our west has filled in and
could affect northern Delmarva near 00Z. Therefore, the watch
will cover the entire region.

Showers and tstms will continue to develop and push across the
area from W to E this evening and then diminish by around
midnight. There is rather good agreement amongst the various
models with the most concentrated activity and greatest QPF
across the north areas, but scattered activity for Delmarva will
also occurs. Heavy downpours and localized flooding will be the
main hazard, but localized damaging winds are also possible.
Pay attention to hazardous statements, advisories and warnings

After the showers decrease, cloudy skies and patchy fog are
expected for the remainder of the overnight. It will be mild and
humid overnight with lows remaining in the 70s for most areas.


Low clouds and patchy fog will be across the area during the
morning with a marine layer in place. The sun will burn through
the clouds during the morning and partly sunny skies are
expected by afternoon. I didn`t change the max temperature for
tomorrow, but will acknowledge that it will be a tricky fcst
with the clouds keeping the heating down, but any breaks in the
clouds will allow for rapid heating. Dew points will be high and
it will be a muggy uncomfortable day region-wide. Scattered
showers and tstms expected much of the day. More downpours are
expected with the tstms.


The main concern during the long term will be the extreme and
potentially deadly heat and humidity for Friday through Sunday
for much of the area.

A frontal boundary will continue to move south across the area
Thursday night, but may wash out as it moves southward. There
will continue to be a chance of showers and thunderstorms
Thursday evening, but they will likely dissipate as we go into
the overnight hours.

Then the focus turns to the heat. At the surface, a lee-
side/thermal trough will develop along the east coast by Friday
and remain in place through Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile,
ridging builds in from the west and southwest. This will allow
thicknesses to rise for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 925 mb/850
mb will be on the increase as well during this period. Saturday
is expected to be the hottest day of the three, although
temperatures will not be more than a couple of degrees different
each day. Saturday is also expected to have the highest
dewpoints of the three days, with dewpoints reaching the mid-
upper 70s, with the low to mid 70s Friday and Sunday. Basically
what this is pointing to is max heat index values increasing
from 105-110+ Friday, to 110-115+ on Saturday, back to 105- 110
on Sunday. Therefore we have issued an Excessive Heat Watch for
our entire forecast area except the urban corridor of
Wilmington- Philadelphia-Trenton which already has an Excessive
Heat Warning in effect.

We are expecting the weather to be dry for Friday through
Saturday night as there are no strong short waves and limited
vertical moisture each day. Also, there will be little in the
way of cloud cover which will provide little relief from the
heat as well.

On Saturday night, a cold front will approach the area, but may
wash out before it cross our area. There could be some showers
during the evening Saturday, but they are not expected to be
widespread. Another cold front is forecast to approach the area
Sunday, and make its way into our area Sunday night into Monday
and Monday night. This will be the time period when more
widespread shower/thunderstorm activity returns to the area. We
may also get a respite from the extreme heat as well as we move
into Monday with the chance of increasing clouds and
precipitation potential.

The front is forecast to push south of the area by Tuesday,
while high pressure builds to our west through Wednesday. This
should keep dry weather across the area, and keep temperatures
closer to normal Tuesday and Wednesday.


The following discussion is for KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG,
KILG, KMIV, KACY and surrounding areas.

Tonight...VFR until showers and thunderstorms move across the
terminals from W to E this evening before diminishing by
midnight. Lower CIGS/VSBYS with the activity and IFR is possible
any cell moves directly over a terminal. Lower CIGS (MVFR) will
develop behind the showers and some fog is probable as well.
Overall, winds will be SW to W at 5 to 10 knots overnight.

Thursday...Slow morning recovery from MVFR CIGS/VSBYS early
then VFR developing by late morning. More showers and a few
tstms will develop during the afternoon. Winds will be mostly SW
around 10 knots.


Thursday night...Scattered showers and thunderstorms possible
in the evening Thursday which may temporarily lead to lower
conditions. Showers end and VFR conditions return overnight.

Friday-Sunday...Generally VFR conditions expected. West to
southwest wind gusts 15-20 knots possible each afternoon.

Sunday night-Monday...Showers and thunderstorms possible,
especially Monday, which may lead to temporary lower conditions.
West to Northwest winds may gust 15-20 knots during the day


Winds and seas will build into the evening but overall,
conditions will likely remain below SCA criteria. Some winds
gusts around 20 knots and seas around 4 ft are possible on the
ocean overnight. Thunderstorms will move across the waters this
evening and overnight. Higher winds and seas in the vicinity of

Thursday...Again, scattered tstms are expected but overall
winds and seas will be mostly 10 to 15 knots / 3 ft.


Thursday night-Monday...Conditions expected to remain below
advisory levels through the period, although winds may gust
around 20 knots at times and seas may build to 3-4 feet a times.

Rip Currents... High risk will continue tonight for the NJ
waters. Moderate risk for the DE waters.


PA...Flash Flood Watch until 1 AM EDT Thursday for PAZ054-055-
     Excessive Heat Watch from Friday afternoon through Sunday
     evening for PAZ054-055-060>062-101-103-105.
     Heat Advisory until 8 PM EDT this evening for PAZ060>062-101-
     Excessive Heat Warning until 10 PM EDT Sunday for PAZ070-071-
NJ...Flash Flood Watch until 1 AM EDT Thursday for NJZ001-007>010-
     Excessive Heat Watch from Friday afternoon through Sunday
     evening for NJZ001-007>010-012>014-016-020>027.
     Heat Advisory until 8 PM EDT this evening for NJZ007>010-012-
     High Rip Current Risk until 10 PM EDT this evening for NJZ014-
     Excessive Heat Warning until 10 PM EDT Sunday for NJZ015-
DE...Flash Flood Watch until 1 AM EDT Thursday for DEZ001.
     Excessive Heat Watch from Friday afternoon through Sunday
     evening for DEZ002>004.
     Heat Advisory until 8 PM EDT this evening for DEZ002-003.
     Excessive Heat Warning until 10 PM EDT Sunday for DEZ001.
MD...Flash Flood Watch until 1 AM EDT Thursday for MDZ008.
     Excessive Heat Watch from Friday afternoon through Sunday
     evening for MDZ008-012-015-019-020.
     Heat Advisory until 8 PM EDT this evening for MDZ008-012-015-


Near Term...Johnson/O`Hara
Short Term...O`Hara
Long Term...Robertson
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