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A Blip On The Radar Of An Otherwise Nice Week

(credit: CBS3)

(credit: CBS3)

By Geoff Bansen

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Delaware Valley will have to deal with clouds and some showers today…can you stand it? If you can, I promise that nicer weather will follow!

Clouds have begun to build ahead of a cold front that is pushing through east today. By the afternoon, showers will move in, with even a thunderstorm or two possible. Highs will be just shy of average.

And that’s it — nothing but nice weather to end the week. Not only will sunshine be abundant, but high temperatures will be comfortable, and humidity will be low. Definitely a change of pace from the “dog days.”

Today’s Highs:

Philly – 86
Shore – 82
Poconos – 78

The tropics have been globally active this week. Tropical Storm Bertha is still causing dangerous rip currents and elevated surf along the eastern seaboard – if you plan to head to the shore today, be extremely cautious if you want to spend time in the water! Make sure lifeguards are present and remember to swim parallel to the shore to escape a rip current should you become caught in one.

As Bertha begins to pull away into the northern Atlantic, Hurricanes Iselle and Julio are taking aim at Hawaii. Both are expected to weaken to Tropical Storms by the time the reach the islands due to exceptionally dry air and cooler water temps. Iselle is headed straight for the Big Island, while Julio should curve a bit north. Hawaii has not been directly hit by a Hurricane since 1992.

Tropical Storm Genevieve is several hundred miles SW of the Hawaiian Islands but poses no direct threat to land. Further east, once Super Typhoon Halong is still headed for the southern part of Japan. It has weakened a bit and is now at a category 2 in terms of hurricane equivalence. It is expected to weaken slightly more and make landfall as a category 1 equivalent storm.

Today in Weather History

1918 – Unusually hot weather began to overspread the Atlantic Coast States, from the Carolinas to southern New England. The temperature soared to an all-time record high of 106 degrees in Washington D.C., and Cumberland and Keedysville hit 109 degrees to establish a state record for Maryland.

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