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A cloudier but still nice weekend ahead

Fredericksburg’s mid-July respite from 90 degree temperatures will continue for several more days. And, although more clouds are in store beginning today, persistent high pressure over New England will fend off approaching precipitation until later in the weekend. This forecast surface map for Saturday morning illustrates:96fwbgus_init_2014071800

The frontal boundary that ushered in our delightful weather is still well south of the ‘Burg, keeping the hot and sticky air at bay. However low pressure (red “L” over northern Mississippi) has created a “buckle” along the front, traveling eastward across the southern tier of states. That system brought extensive flooding (but much-needed rainfall) to the southern Great Plains yesterday. The rain from this low pressure system will remain west of the Blue Ridge for the better part of this weekend.

Today – Friday – will be sunny for the most part with the thermometer registering a high in the mid-80s and still comfortable dewpoints. A thicker cloud cover will roll in overnight so that Saturday will be mostly cloudy but dry, with a high temperature in the low 80s. Some sun will return on Sunday (apropos!) but the tradeoff will be increasing atmospheric instability that could lead to some afternoon thunderstorms in and around the ‘Burg with highs again in the mid-80s.

So make plans to enjoy the weekend events in the area while the weather stays mostly dry and comfortable. The heat looks to make a return visit to the area the middle of next week but we’ll focus on that unpleasantness later. Meanwhile it’s the weekend!!!!!

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