Your Cortland County weather forecast for Thursday, August 4, 2022:
Today could end up being one of the hottest days of the year, provided afternoon showers and thunderstorms do not cut off the daytime heating too soon.
Temperatures are starting warm and will increase in a hurry through the morning and early afternoon. Ample sunshine and southwest winds of 5-10 mph will facilitate the warming.
The sun may be filtered slightly by some occasional thin clouds this morning, and fair weather clouds will bubble up this afternoon.
A small impulse of atmospheric energy will move in this afternoon, possibly triggering some showers and thunderstorms. These will be most likely between 4-8 PM.
While any storms could have some heavy downpours, severe weather is generally not expected thanks to weak winds aloft. Still, some localized wind gusts are always a possibility in these types of scenarios.
As long as any rain holds off until after 4 PM, temperatures should soar into the low and mid 90s this afternoon. With dewpoints in the 60s, rising to the low 70s late, heat index values will be above 95 degrees.
Early rain would, of course, limit the temperatures and heat index slightly.
A few stray showers may linger into the evening before eventually dissipating overnight. Southwest winds will continue and dewpoints will remain high, keeping temperatures at or above 70 degrees for most of the night.
Here is a look at the weather for the next few days:
Friday: Mostly cloudy with showers and storms. Morning lows around 70. Afternoon highs in the low 80s.
Saturday: A few scattered showers and storms. Morning lows around 70. Afternoon highs in the low 80s.
Sunday: A few scattered showers and storms. Morning lows in the upper 60s. Afternoon highs in the mid 80s.
Monday: Sun and clouds. Maybe a stray shower. Morning lows in the upper 60s. Afternoon highs in the upper 80s.