A fall-Like weather pattern has settled in across the Delaware Valley this weekend.
Police and firefighters are using boats to rescue residents trapped in their homes along the Wissahickon Creek in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County.
Hurricane IRENE continues to pound the region with flooding rains, damaging winds and numerous Tornado Warnings.
At this point, my feeling is that our entire area needs to prepare for heavy rainfall and the threat for tropical storm-force winds, even perhaps hurricane-force gusts, especially down the shore.
After setting a new record for the wettest month (12.97”) in August for Philadelphia, a 3 day stretch of dry weather is finally in the forecast. Once again, heavy showers and thunderstorms caused flash flooding in parts of the Delaware Valley.
Cumberland County and Pittsgrove Township in Salem County each issued a State of Emergency Sunday evening.
A slow moving fall-like storm system continues to move out of the midwest. Out ahead of it, an area of very heavy rainfall developed last night and this morning and moved through Delaware and New Jersey.
It was a comfortable start to the weekend, but now the heat and humidity have returned. Dew point temperatures, which measure the moisture content in the atmosphere, are very high right now in the low 70s.
Temperatures remained on the hot side this weekend with highs in the mid 90s but at least humidity levels remained low.
It’s been a record breaking weekend as far as high temperatures go. Philadelphia set new records on Friday (103), Saturday (101), and Sunday (98) but the heat indices made it up to 115 at times.
We are in the middle of what is being called the longest and most intense Heat Wave of the summer and Friday is a record breaker.
After a warm but comfortable past few days, the weather pattern returns to a hot and humid pattern for the Delaware Valley. Today reached 90 degrees, day one of at least eight 90+ degree days in the forecast.
Excessive high temperatures in the Philadelphia area have prompted officials to issue an air quality alert Monday.
The holiday weekend has remained hot with high temperatures in the upper 80s to around 90 so far. There will not be much change for the holiday itself as the heat continues. An approaching cold front tonight has triggered off some showers and thunderstorms across the region.
This first official weekend of summer ended up very pleasant with near average temperatures and low humidity. A trough or dip in the jet stream over the northeast this weekend has kept a cooler and drier air mass in place. As we move into the workweek the jet stream pattern will change a bit.
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