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Another 90-Degree Day Possible...Some Relief Later in the Weekend

We did it...we finally hit 90 degrees officially in Charleston and Huntington Tuesday for the first time since late July. And we may well do it again today. We're off to a similar start with river fog giving way to hazy sunshine. Temperatures will be well into the 80s by Noon and many of us in the valley should reach about 90 again this afternoon. That is, unless you get a shower. That's a possibility albeit a small one for most of us. I think the best risk for a shower or thundershower is near and west of the Ohio River this afternoon...and also in far eastern WV near Route 219, where some showers popped yesterday. If you get one, it could linger for an hour or so...but again most of us will remain dry today.


Any showers will fade this evening, with patchy fog again overnight and a low of 68. It looks like the instability and moisture is a little greater on Thursday. While a lack of any boundaries or fronts will preclude widespread rain I think some afternoon showers and storms that form will be more numerous than previous days, so there's a better chance you catch an hour shower or downpour potentially. With more cloud development by midday temperatures should be temperered somewhat, holding to around 86.


Friday and Saturday storm chances are still present but appear mostly isolated, and mainly in eastern WV. There's a small chance for a storm to interrupt Friday night football in some communities...and possibly tailgating at Mountaineer Field but it's a small chance at this point. Temperatures will reach near 90 both days. Up in Morgantown, expect a tailgate high of 87, with kickoff temps falling to around 79. A hot debut no doubt although nothing too unusual for Week 1.


I still think a backdoor cool front moving through Saturday night drops our humidity Sunday and Labor Day Monday. Temperatures will reach a high of 86 Sunday with sunshine and a high of 89 Monday, but with dewpoints in the 50s rather than 60s so more comfortable than preceding days. Dry too...with the lower humidity it appears any showers or storms that form during the day will be back near I-75. By Tuesday we'll reach 91 degrees ahead of an approaching cold front that should knock the heat down a bit by the end of next week.