Sunshine And Warmth Both Make A Return Appearance; Bertha To Stay Away

By Geoff Bansen

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A stationary frontal boundary brought clouds and cooler temperatures to the Delaware Valley over the last two days. It may have been less than ideal for your weekend plans, but you may be thanking that front soon!

Temperatures will be near normal today after this weekend’s 70s show … that is, highs Saturday and Sunday were only 77, which is 10 degrees below normal! The humidity will increase as well on Monday; don’t forget, it is still summer. Sun will mix with a few clouds this afternoon, and there could even be an extremely isolated thunder shower later in the day, but the majority of the area will stay dry.

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Tuesday will see more sunshine, more heat, and more humidity. It’s going to be a good ‘ol fashioned summer day, great for the beach or the pool.

Now I’m sure most of you are still wondering what the heck I was talking about when I said you’d be thanking the culprit responsible for a rather lousy weekend. Well currently Tropical Storm Bertha is a brewin’ out in the Atlantic, and it is beginning to curve in the direction of the mid Atlantic Coast. However, before it can even get close to us, our foe-turned-friend the stationary front will be shouting “You shall not pass!” – he’s a big Lord of the Rings fan – and Bertha will be pushed harmlessly out to sea. See? He’s not so bad after all!

All we’ll have to deal with is some storms on Wednesday with our next run-of the-mill cold front. Once that passes, we’ll be left with sunshine and warm, comfortable temperatures into the weekend.

Today’s Highs:
Philly — 86
Shore — 80
Poconos — 76

Today In Weather History:
1884 — The Baldwin Locomotive Works was struck by lightning and partly burned. The loss was estimated at $200,000.
1915 — A tropical storm formed in the Bahamas and moved inland near the GA/FL border, then re-curved to the northeast, moving across southeastern PA and northern NJ. Philadelphia received a daily record rainfall of 2.74″, with an additional 0.50″ on the 5th.
1975 — Late afternoon to evening thunderstorms produced considerable lightning, along with hail and street flooding in eastern PA. Hail the size of golf balls (1 3/4″) or ice cubes was reported about 445 pm EDT in Montgomery County.

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