I took note of two things this morning as I was getting ready for work:
1) My wife must have made a breakfast that, in some fashion, involved bananas before I got up because the kitchen looked like the venue for a Donkey Kong v.s. Rachael Ray cagematch.
2) It wasn't WARM by any stretch but the humidity had definitely kicked up a notch overnight. The air had that feeling that made you shut your windows and take your chances.
It's SO cliche but it really is less about the heat and more about the humidity today. Temperatures are generally in the low 80s, only a few degrees above average, but the dew point readings are close to 70...which is near "oppressive" on the comfort scale. Many of us are still basking in mostly sunny skies, but to the west some showers and storms are popping up in the mountains. We've seen this happen the past few days, where the higher terrain creates the needed lift to kick off thunderstorms, but this time around more of them will make it to the coast by the late afternoon. The cells I'm looking at on the radar right now are nothing too serious, but they will likely continue to build into moderate thunderstorms that push from northwest to southeast in response to a weak upper level disturbance. (Run on sentence of the year award goes to....Mr. Keith Carsonnnnnnn!!!! "I'd like to thank Gameboy for allowing me to not pay attention in 4th grade grammar class")
Left over showers and storms will continue to impact the state through around 9 PM, after that the storms will fizzle due to lack of sunshine. The remainder of the night will be partly cloudy and muggy with lows in the 60s but most of the night spent in the 70s.
Hazy, hot and humid on Tuesday as the legit cold front approaches from the west. There won't be a TON of consistent sunshine, but the air mass is sufficiently hot to allow temperatures in the upper 80s in many spots. Thunderstorms will start to develop as early as noon over the mountains and SLOWLY push to the east through the day. In fact, most of the coastline won't deal with the storms until the overnight hours.
This frontal passage originally looked like it could be nasty due to the strong contrast in air behind it, but the fact that it will push through during the EVENING makes it much less threatening. Will you see a few thunderstorms around on Tuesday night? Sure, but severe weather is a non issue.
Even though the front will be offshore on Wednesday, it will still be pretty mild. (Classic case of "after the cold front" beach day) West winds will push temperatures in the mid 80s in a lot of spots but the humidity will SLOWLY decline. It won't be a sudden rush of dry air, but you'll feel the difference by the afternoon. It will be a nice day either way as mostly sunny skies will take over after a few morning clouds lingering around the coastline.
Thursday-Saturday: Yes I can safely group them like that. Mostly sunny, beautiful and dry. Upper 70s to low 80s. Thank you Canadian High pressure. I always knew there was something I liked about our neighbors to the north...and it wasn't the man speedo.