Summer Holds On
With the passage of the autumnal equinox early Sunday morning, the summer season will soon draw to a close. Nevertheless, rather summer-like conditions will prevail through the middle of next week, as a ridge of high pressure stations itself over the eastern portion of the country. For the weekend, the wind will switch to offshore from the recently prevailing onshore direction, allowing daytime temperatures to rise above 80°F (27°C). The wind direction on Monday is uncertain, but if it stays offshore, the temperature will be warmer than currently expected.
The weather is not so tranquil south of the aforementioned high pressure ridge, as a storm is spinning in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. This storm originated in the mid-latitudes, but it could transform into a tropical cyclone over the 86°F (30°C) water of the Gulf before it crosses the coast on Saturday.
Tonight: Clear and calm; fog possible late. Low: 61°F (16°C).
Saturday: Mostly sunny, warm, and breezy. High: 83°F (28°C).
Saturday night: A slight chance of showers. Low: 60°F (16°C).
Sunday: Sunny, less humid. High: 81°F (27°C).
Monday: Sunny. High: 76°F (24 C).