All eyes are focused on the Texas Gulf Coast as Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast overnight as a Category 4 with wind speeds up to 130 mph, the first of its kind since 1961. This is also the first major hurricane since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This is bringing catastrophic wind damage as well as on-going flooding as Harvey has already dropped over a foot of rain in Victoria, Texas.
Without a good steering pattern to kick this system out of the Gulf states, Harvey is likely going to stick around this area as it weakens into a tropical storm, but the flood threat will continue through at least Wednesday and Thursday as rainfall totals could reach in excess of 40”.
Back here at home in New England, a much different story. We have a dome of high pressure over our area, which makes for quiet, and sunny weather through midweek. As for your weekend plans, high temperatures will reach into the low to mid 70s today for southern New England with the lakes and mountains regions of northern New England only reaching into the upper 60s.
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As we round out one of the last weekends of Summer 2017, Sunday brings another sun-filled day with highs into the low 70s. Temperatures will slip at the coastline as winds shift out of the east-northeast in the afternoon, making for a cool ocean breeze for the Cape and the Islands. Even though it is going to be unseasonably cool this weekend, do not forget the sunscreen for your outdoor weekend plans as UV-index is still very high.
The quiet weather pattern, along with highs into the 70s and overnight lows into the 50s continue into midweek. Wednesday brings more clouds with Thursday bringing a chance for some showers in southern New England. We do have a cluster of storms off the coast of Florida that will continue to track as it could climb up the eastern seaboard.
A few weather models bring a few showers associated with that particular system by Thursday into far southeastern New England. However, it still remains uncertain if it will remain out to sea or inch closer to the coast. We’ll continue to keep an eye on it as we near the end of next week into Labor Day Weekend.