Humidity set to return, and could stay a while this time

Here we go… not only is Memorial Day weekend the start of the summer season for many, but it's usually the time when humidity levels really start to ramp up and it begins to feel more summer-like as well. This year doesn't appear to be much different. While it has been a pretty up and down May so far with spurts of both high humidity and really dry air, looks like Mother Nature is going to start turning things up a notch on a more permanent basis. A southerly component to the wind along with an approaching slow moving storm system will start to increase the humidity levels across the area. While dewpoints will sit in the comfortable & dry 30's and 40's on Friday, we will see a steady increase through the holiday weekend. By Sunday evening, dewpoints should be well into the humid range, mostly in the low to mid 60's. Check out where those numbers sit early Friday morning…

 

These are actual dewpoint numbers early Friday which allowed some areas across the north & low lying spots to drop back into the chilly 30's. Remember, the dewpoint is the temperature at which dew forms. The higher the number, the more moisture in the atmosphere, and the more uncomfortable things become. Now check out where futurecast places our dewpoint temperatures Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday…

 

 

 

We go from the dry 40's into the humid 60's in about 48 hours. While this has occurred a couple times already this year, we have yet to see a long stretch of humid conditions… likely until now. With a fairly unsettled pattern continuing next week, and likely a southerly wind through at least midweek, we may have a pretty good stretch of humid conditions before another cold front can knock them down. Humidity: good for gardens, not good for comfortability.