Comfy start, hotter finish

Update #458


You didn’t think summer was over, did you? The last few days might have had you wondering if Mother Nature was throwing in the towel early on summer 2021. In reality, I think she was just recharging her batteries for a longer run of hotter late-season conditions!

July 2021 ended up being the 13th wettest July on record in the Hudson Valley

It dipped to 50 degrees in Poughkeepsie on Saturday morning, just 3 degrees above the record coldest temperature for July 31st with records dating back 90 years. Parts of the Adirondacks dropped into the upper 30s and Mount Washington in New Hampshire (6267 feet) dropped to 32!

For those who prefer the cooler weather, enjoy the early week conditions. A front will track through the Hudson Valley on Sunday evening, bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms. By Monday morning, skies will begin to clear out and the humidity will once again be low for the time of year 👌

High pressure will be in charge on Tuesday and Wednesday with dry weather continuing.

A change in air flow patterns from Thursday onward will spell the return of more humid conditions. A slow-moving frontal boundary near the East Coast will begin to push northward, possibly close enough to cause a chance for some rain on Thursday and/or Friday. Confidence isn’t yet high enough to say much more, but just keep an eye on things if you happen to have plans — it could also end up being partly sunny and dry!

Looking ahead to next weekend, it will be about the return of heat, humidity, and a daily PM shower or thunderstorm chance.

The sultry conditions will stick around into the week of the 9th. Daily thunderstorms may be common.

For those with a late summer trip down south planned, here’s something to consider: we’re approaching the heart of hurricane season and things are looking like they could again be busier than normal.

As we head through the 2nd half of August and September, the Hudson Valley will have to be on watch for the remnants of any tropical system that forms.

Make it a great week!