In Michael's aftermath, 1st break in high humidity of season in store for areas pummeled by the hurricane

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
October 13, 2018, 1:38:01 AM EDT


A sweep of cooler and less humid air will settle over the southeastern United States as recovery and cleanup efforts ramp up in the wake of Michael.


In many cases, this will be the first break from high humidity since late in the spring or early in the summer.

Unlike in the wake of Florence, where hot and humid weather persisted for days and weeks and many struggled to run air conditioners without power, the weather in the wake of Michael will be much more tolerable.

Many may not need a fan or air conditioner to keep cool and comfortable.

In hard-hit areas from Panama City and Apalachicola, Florida, to Albany, Georgia, daytime highs will be in the low to middle 80s F with nighttime lows in the 60s with much lower humidity through Sunday.

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For those clearing downed trees and power lines, no rain is in the forecast through the weekend. A light breeze will add to the natural air conditioning during the day and early evening hours.

Farther north, in Virginia and northwestern North Carolina, where trees were toppled and power outages were also numerous, the air may get so chilly that people will be reaching for coats and blankets this weekend.

Property owners should not attempt to trim or remove trees in the vicinity of power lines. Leave that to utility and professional tree-trimming companies.

While small streams will quickly return to their banks, some of the rivers in the region will be on the rise through this weekend. It can take several days to a week or more for runoff to flow downstream into the large rivers.

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However, the flooding of major highways in the Carolinas, such as Interstate 95, did not occur during Florence and will not occur this time.

People heading home and crews on their way to assist with cleanup should be able to get to their destinations, except for areas near where Michael made landfall over the Florida Panhandle. Some roads may be damaged and/or remain blocked by debris near the Gulf coast.

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People cut away a tree on a vehicle in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


Less humid air will also reach much of the Florida Peninsula this weekend. Only the southeastern part of the peninsula and the Keys will remain fairly humid.

For those heading to the mountains, where Michael brought some drenching rain and breezy conditions, the weather is also expected to be free of rain this weekend. Highs will generally be in the 60s with nighttime lows in the 40s and lower 50s.

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