Weather Eye: Expect a pleasant Fourth of July
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Clouds and clouds and hmmm … more clouds. Does that sum up our weather so far this week? Add to that some light showers and drizzle scattered about, especially Monday and Tuesday, and we have the complete picture.
You have probably seen the extended forecast, which was showing some very warm temperatures over the Fourth of July weekend, but I mentioned here Tuesday that was a bit far out and I wasn’t too keen on that idea.
Anyway, it is looking like we get some clearing Friday and Saturday with highs back up into the mid- to upper 70s and then another marine push with clouds, maybe some drizzle, mainly along the coast for Sunday. Skies will clear again somewhat for Monday and most of next week but temperatures at this point look to be in the low 80s. So all in all a very pleasant Fourth of July in my book.
I am beginning to think this may be the pattern for the rest of the summer with a dominant marine influence off and on, so we shall see. At least you can rest the air conditioner for a while maybe.
We have had only two days officially with 80 degrees or better, far from the average of nine for the month of June. The least amount of 80-degree-plus days in June was only one day in 1899. We reached 80 degrees for the first time this year on June 4 but the latest was that one day back on June 16, 1899. We usually would expect to see an 80-degree high somewhere in the first week of May.
We have usually seen our first 90-degree high temperature by now but it has occurred as late as Sept. 10, 1957. We were close on June 4 with a high of 88 degrees. That was a good number to be our first 80-degree-plus day!
Enjoy the beginning of the long holiday weekend Friday, be safe and we will chat on Sunday.
Pat Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.