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Breaking The Pattern: Wet Weather Chance Increases Through The Weekend

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By Geoff Bansen

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Well, it had to end sooner or later, right?

If it hadn’t already, the stretch of nice or decent weekends will definitely come to a close in a few days, much to the chagrin of the summer weekend warrior. Since the beginning of early June, the Delaware Valley has been in a pattern of generally dry, nice weekends, with instability returning during the midweek…and then clearing out again by Friday or Saturday. June weekends featured just a trace amount of precipitation, and only .05″ during the first half of July. The last two weekends have been mixed bags however (1.47″), and it seems like that pattern has switched on us, tranquil weather at work giving way to clouds and showers by week’s end. As we head into the first weekend of August, it looks as though things will stay that way.

Beginning today, the threat of rain will increase into the weekend. Thursday will be a generally dry and nice day with a mix of sun and clouds. However, isolated thunderstorms will begin to pop to the north and west during the afternoon hours. If you plan on heading down to the shore for the free Atlantic City concert this evening, fear not! The storms shouldn’t make it that far east before dying down. However, it will be breezy out of the southwest. A hoodie might not be a bad idea!

Today’s Highs:
Philly – 84
Shore – 80
Poconos – 74

Friday will start off with some sun but clouds will increase through the afternoon and showers and thunderstorms will begin to build as well. After that, it’s not too likely you will see our friend Mr. Sun until next week. Both Saturday and Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with the threat for showers and even a thunderstorm both days. The cold front that moved through earlier this week never really got pushed out to sea, and as a result its remnants will move back along the coast in the form of a warm front. Rounds of moisture will move along this frontal boundary (which will remain virtually stationary) throughout the weekend – keep an eye out for some potentially heavy rain Saturday morning, especially along the coast. Temperatures will stay below average each day, which would make a week straight of below average temperatures.

Today in Weather History

1957 – The month ended with 0.64″ of precipitation, the DRIEST July in Philadelphia records.
1992 – An F2 tornado moved through Kent County in Delaware, destroying 2 mobile homes and a cinder block building.
1994 – The month ended with 10.42″ of precipitation, the WETTEST July in Philadelphia records.
*In unofficial records, 11.62″ fell in 1842, and 11.20″ in 1872.

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