Highs today reached 81-91, though most areas were 85-90. Heat indices ranged from 87-105, though most peaked at 95-103.
The two sites that were the coolest were Morocco & Rensselaer in the low 80s with heat indices peaking in the upper 80s.
I decided to increase POPs for Saturday & Sunday as it appears that remnant circulation of Hurricane Hanna & Plains low with upper trough will form a rather large, cut-off upper low near our area with periodic scattered showers & storms Thursday-Sunday.
Should turn completely dry for Monday. This, after 84-90 (heat indices 87-92) for highs over the area Tuesday & 86-90 Wednesday (heat indices 88-96) after 60-65 tonight with patchy fog (following a few more showers) & 61-66 Tuesday night.
A few showers/storms may sneak in Wednesday night along a weak cold front coming in from the north.
We should heat up mid to late next week with 90s possible. Overall, August 4-10 looks hotter than normal & quite muggy again.
Then, storms should give way to cooler weather August 11-16, before more heat returns in late August.
Hotter than normal pattern should dominate the first 7 days of September.
In terms of rainfall, it should trend a bit above normal through August 12 overall, then go below normal before going briefly above normal for a time in late August. The first 7 days of September look drier than normal.
At this point, September continues to trend warmer than normal. However, there is a trend for more in the way of rainfall. Recent data suggests a shift from drier than normal to a bit wetter than normal.