Still sweltering

The heat and humidity is extra high, at the moment.   Our air is arriving from the southeast and there’s very little breeze to cut down on stifling hot weather.   Temperatures will continue to run at least a couple degrees above average over the next several days.  Recently, rain has been very limited.  Some wayward showers and storms may bubble up during the daytime heat, but should remain sparse in coverage until Monday afternoon.   Yes, we will have higher rain chances in the offing.   High pressure over the Gulf of Mexico will weaken, moisture levels will increase and steering winds will veer more out of the west.   Each of these factors will spell more unsettled conditions (and more widespread rain activity).   In the tropics, Julia is slowly fizzling out… off the southeast coast of the United States.  The current depression will simply be relegated to a “remnant low” at any moment.  Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Karl is the one to focus on.   It’s still far away in the central Atlantic Ocean, but it will gradually steer closer as the week continues.   It’s too early to determine whether Karl will be a concern for Florida or the eastern seaboard, in general.   What we do know is that a cold front is slowly moving across the eastern third of the nation.  This boundary has a chance of blocking Karl as the tropical system turns more out of the northwesterly by midweek.  If these things happen, we’ll see Karl steer clear of the Bahamas and the United States altogether.  It could still be a big concern for Bermuda.  We’ll all need to keep watching.