When you hear the word spring, what comes to mind? Blue skies? Sunshine? Warmer temperatures? Flowers blooming?
The Lehigh Valley hasn’t been able to sustain a normal spring pattern, and the extended forecast still doesn’t look favorable, according to the National Weather Service. It says sunshine is expected to return today with temperatures rising well into the 60s to even 70 degrees for much of the region.
With that being said, the Weather Prediction Center is eyeing another ‘compact, mid-upper low’ expected to pivot across the lower Mississippi and Tennessee Valleys today, then move northeast into the Mid-Atlantic region tonight.
Friday is expected to be a dreary end to the work week, with temperatures in the 50s and perhaps a quarter to a half of an inch of rain possible between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Then, it will be partly cloudy before another system lifts through the region Saturday.
Over the past 24 hours, meteorologists say models have moved into better agreement with this secondary system. The precipitation forecast through Saturday evening reflects a blend of those models, with about a tenth of an inch of rain possible Saturday and highs in the low 60s.
Sunday is expected to be dry, though with a northwesterly gusty breeze and much cooler temperatures.
What About Next Week?
For Monday through Wednesday, the weather service says a pattern shift will place high pressure to our south to start the week and then just offshore by mid-week.
The above scenario would result in ‘warm air advection’ and therefore the likely start of a significant warm-up Monday and especially Tuesday, followed by even warmer air on Wednesday. For all three days, dry conditions are forecast.
As of now, projected high temperatures next week are mid-60s for Monday, then mid to upper 70s Tuesday, and nearing 80 degrees by Wednesday.
Unfortunately, extended temperature and precipitation outlooks indicate the likelihood of temperatures sliding once again. Below median precipitation is also more likely from eastern areas of the Northern Plains into the Great Lakes region, with more normal values expected here in southeastern Pa.
Here is the extended Lehigh Valley forecast from the National Weather Service:
Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. West wind 9 to 13 mph.
Increasing clouds, with a low around 46. West wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
Showers, mainly after 8am. High near 59. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Scattered showers before 8pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 43. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Scattered showers, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 64. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Isolated showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.
Sunny, with a high near 65.
Mostly clear, with a low around 43.
Sunny, with a high near 76.
Mostly clear, with a low around 52.
Sunny, with a high near 79.
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