Severe weather outlook for Saturday, June 8, 2017. Image Credit: Storm Prediction Center (SPC)

Partly Cloudy

40% Chance of PM Scattered Storms

High: 92°F

Low: 71°F

Radar loop shows scattered showers moving through the Peach State. Image Credit: National Weather Service (NWS)

While Athenians finished up their work and classes before the weekend, the atmosphere gave us another dose of heat and humidity. We hit a high of 91°F this afternoon, which is pretty average for this time of year. The plentiful moisture in the atmosphere combined with the energy from the sun and produced scattered storms throughout the state, some of which have been severe. These severe storms have produced heavy rainfall, frequent lightning, gusty winds, and small hail. There are still a few storms to our west that could affect us this evening, but chances should drop by around 10 p.m. EDT. Could we expect the same kind of pattern on Saturday? Find out below!

Quick Forecast:

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a 60% chance of showers and storms before 10 p.m. EDT. Westerly wind around 5 mph. Low near 71°F.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, with a 40% chance of showers and storms in the afternoon and evening hours. Westerly wind around 5-10 mph. High near 92°F.

Saturday’s Forecast

Potential high temperatures on Saturday. Image Credit: GFS model via Weatherbell

We’ll start the day humid and low temperatures in the lower 70s. The typical summertime patterns that we’ve seen lately should continue into Saturday. A cold front currently near the Ohio River Valley will be heading south towards our neck of the woods. We should be pretty warm on Saturday, with high temperatures in the lower 90s. The atmosphere will have plenty of energy and moisture to work with. Throw in that cold front, and you’ll see the lift necessary for showers and storms.

Severe weather outlook for Saturday, June 8, 2017. Image Credit: Storm Prediction Center (SPC)

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has most of the Peach State in the dark green “marginal” risk for severe weather, which is a threat level of 1/5. This means that among the storms we could see in our area tomorrow, one or two could be severe. The main threats include heavy rainfall, frequent lightning, gusty winds, and small hail. The best chance for Athens to see storms should be between 3-10 p.m. EDT. Storms should be scattered in nature, meaning that not everyone will see rain. While others could see storms, others could see partly cloudy skies. Just be careful if you’re outside. The heat and humidity will combine together to give heat index values (“feels like” temperatures) between 95-100°F. Drink plenty of water, and make sure you have a way to receive severe weather watches and warnings!

Scattered storms are possible Saturday afternoon/evening. Image Credit: NAM-WRF 3km model via Weatherbell

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