Thursday Evening Forecast
Summertime Pattern Returns This Weekend
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The heat will have one last hoorah on Friday.
Both Tallahassee and Apalachicola - the two locations where records are officially kept in our market area - hit record high temperatures Thursday. Apalachicola’s high of 100°F tied a daily record set back in 2009, while Tallahassee’s high of 103°F tied a nearly 80-year old daily record from 1944. While no official records are kept for Panama City at ECP, the airport reached 99°F which smashed the previous high temp recorded on this day, 94°F.
At this point we’re all a bit exhausted from these near-record temps and heat indices in the triple digits. For tomorrow, a warm and sunny morning will allow afternoon high temperatures to climb into the middle and upper 90′s. That means the temps on the thermometer will actually be a bit cooler than Thursday, but at the expense of added humidity in our atmosphere. A heat advisory will be back once again as most places will feel like 105°-110°F by 2:00pm or so. The warmest feels-like temps will be along the immediate shoreline of the forgotten coast where strong heating and extreme humidity will make for truly dangerous levels of heat.
This weekend, we will finally see some relief on the thermometer. Rain chances are around 50% for both Saturday and Sunday as an approaching front, increased moisture, and a strengthened sea breeze help to produce more widespread scattered PM showers that will help cool things off over the coming days. Thanks to these showers and thunderstorms, expect temps to slowly return to the lower 90′s by the start of next week, which is much closer to normal for this time of year in Northwest Florida.
One last day of sweltering heat Friday, with PM showers returning to the forecast for the afternoon hours. Rain chances increase for the weekend as coverage of storms becomes more widespread, allowing for marginally cooler high temps as a result. By early next week, summertime pattern returns, with a 20-30% chance of showers each day and high’s in the upper 80′s along the coast and lower 90′s in inland locations.
Get all the details on the forecast in the WJHG.com Weather Webcast.
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