Latest Forecast Update from Meteorologists Steve Caporizzo and Kevin Appleby:
Well – we did it in Albany… We saw the highest temperature observed on record for September 6th, with records dating back to 1884 here. More heat and humidity is expected tomorrow, though records will be safe this time around.
Wednesday night will be another copy-paste of the previous few nights, with warm conditions, light winds, and patchy valley fog late. If anything, temperatures will be a bit higher than the previous few nights, with more areas remaining at or above the 70 degree mark.
Thursday will start off the exact same way as Tuesday and Wednesday – hot and humid with afternoon clouds. The difference this time around is that scattered afternoon thunderstorms will develop, some of which will be severe.
High temperatures will be very similar to Wednesday and Tuesday. Heat indices will again approach the century mark in the valleys, with a Heat Advisory posted for a third straight day.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed us in a Level 2/5 slight risk for severe storms Thursday. We can expect scattered thunderstorms after 3 PM. The main driver of this severe threat is the chance for some damaging winds, heavy rain, and frequent cloud-to-ground lightning.
This storm risk is associated with a decaying cold front which will stall and weaken over the Capital Region. While high temperatures may be a bit lower heading into the weekend, the humidity will remain very high.
While a strong thunderstorm or two is possible on Friday, we don’t expect storm coverage to be as widespread as to what we will see Thursday. Overall, high temperatures will be about 5 degrees or so lower than what we saw midweek.
Heading into the weekend, it will be a generally cloudy stretch. By no means are the days anticipated to be washouts, although Saturday is looking drier than Sunday.
Monday and Wednesday look somewhat wet, but there will be dry times throughout each day. A gradual cooling trend will continue into next week.