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Thursday Forecast

Published: Jun. 25, 2020 at 7:37 AM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG) -

Good Thursday morning everyone!

It’s a quiet start on radar this morning with mostly cloudy skies to start the day with a bit of haze as the Saharan Dust Layer has moved into our atmosphere. We won’t have much of a rain chance until the afternoon, and it’s only for a portion of the Panhandle again today.

We’re waking up warm and humid in the 70s this morning. And we’re in for another hot and humid day ahead. We’ll get some sunshine to mix in with the clouds through the midday and that will help push temperatures up into the upper 80s near 90 degrees for daytime highs.

That will be enough heat and humidity to set off the sea breeze storms. However, they’ll be more likely for inland areas as a ridge of high pressure over the Florida Peninsula and Eastern Gulf of Mexico prevents rain development once again for folks south of Hwy20 on down toward the coast. By 2 or 3pm we’ll see some afternoon storms develop along I-10 in the Western Panhandle that drift down I-10 to the east through the afternoon and into the evening before they dissipate as we lose the heating of the day.

The ridge of high pressure builds in overhead through Friday and Saturday, limiting rain chances to just a stray isolated small shower or thunderstorm both days. Rain chances heading into the weekend never get much higher than 10-20% in the afternoons for Friday or Saturday. However, the ridge will start to weaken by Sunday and instead of 1 or 2 stray isolated showers, we may see a handful more with rain chances around 30%.

With the lack of rain and high pressure building in, we’ll see temperatures warm into the 90s. We will have a bit of cloud cover mixing out some sunshine over the weekend with a partly sunny sky both Saturday and Sunday. However, I do think we should manage to see some of those beautiful colors in our sunrises and sunsets thanks to the dust layer remaining in place through the weekend.

The clouds may be a limiting factor for some attempting to reach the low 90s in the afternoons. But with humidity remaining high, we’ll all still feel like the upper 90s near the triple digits regardless of the actual temperature on the thermometer.

Bottom Line...

For today, mostly cloudy skies turn partly cloudy through the midday before a few afternoon storms develop inland. Highs today reach the upper 80s near 90 degrees with a heat index in the upper 90s near 100°. Your 7 Day Forecast has a smaller rain chance heading into the weekend, but a bit more of a mix of sun and clouds throughout.

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