Northeastern US: Friday to bring taste of summer as needed dry spell continues
By Kyle Elliott, AccuWeather meteorologist
May 24, 2018, 10:38:04 PM EDT
Following what seems like weeks of nearly continuous rainfall, sunny, warm and rain-free weather will continue to grace the northeastern United States through Friday.
The exception will be in northern Maine, where a couple of showers and thunderstorms will rumble on Friday.
Parts of the mid-Atlantic region have received 200 to as much as 800 percent of normal rainfall for the month of the May, the majority of which has fallen since May 12.
Water levels on rivers and streams throughout the region are running well above normal for late May, including the Potomac River from West Virginia to Washington, D.C.
Although only a few rivers are currently above flood stage, the continued stretch of dry weather will allow these swollen rivers to recede significantly and the ground to dry out.
Widespread sunshine and warm air are forecast to accompany the drying trend.
Friday will feel more like a summer day with temperatures set to soar well into the 80s in most communities.
For those hitting the roadways prior to the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the tranquil weather comes as welcome news.
No weather-related travel delays are anticipated in the Northeast into Friday.
“Humidity will begin to increase again on Friday across the mid-Atlantic,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson, who added that even muggier air may make it feel uncomfortable to many by Saturday.
With the return of moist air will come the renewed threat of showers and thunderstorms.
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"The dry weather into Friday may be deceptive due to storms to come over the holiday weekend," AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said. "The holiday weekend should not be a washout, but the longer you are outside, the better chance it will shower."
Moisture returning northward from the Gulf of Mexico will be responsible for the renewed risk of wet weather.
AccuWeather meteorologists are closely monitoring the potential for Tropical Storm Alberto to form in the Gulf of Mexico, which could further enhance downpours in the eastern United States this weekend.
Unless tropical moisture from this system is channeled directly into the mid-Atlantic, showers and thunderstorms should remain more widely scattered than what they were during the last one to two weeks.
While some people may be forced to move holiday celebrations indoors for a time where thunderstorms strike, others may see little more than a few drops of rain.
"Memorial Day may bring another round of showers and thunderstorms to the Northeast," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
"However, the forecast looks more promising for residents and visitors along the I-95 corridor from New York City to Boston," she said. "While clouds may block out the sun most of the day, latest indications are that the unsettled weather should remain to the south and west."
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