June 8, 2009

Southeast Gets Warm and Humid

Heat and humidity will both increase across the Southeast on Monday. Typical southerly winds will send this air mass through the central Gulf Coast states and into the Tennessee Valley. High temperatures will soar into the low 90s throughout the I-20 corridor from Dallas to Birmingham. Factoring in the high humidity, temperatures will feel like the upper 90s in many areas.

In contrast, coastal areas from the Carolinas to Florida will avoid the worst of the heat and humidity. An area of low pressure just off the North Carolina coast will provide enough instability to trigger thunderstorms along the coast. The increased cloud cover and precipitation should be enough to keep high temperatures in the 80s from Charleston to Jacksonville.

Additional rainfall across Florida is no longer urgently needed. Tampa, Jacksonville, Daytona and Orlando have all received two to three and a half times their normal rainfall since May 1. The excessive rainfall of recent weeks have eliminated the drought and lifted water restrictions in many areas.

Story by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak.

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