97 degrees NAM model forecast for Friday’s high temp yesterday
88 degrees NAM forecast for Friday on last night’s (7pm) run
-9 degrees drop in magnitude of Friday’s heat according to NAM model
22 days at or above 90 degrees so far this summer
1-2 days & possibly 3 days of low 90 degree heat in the next week?
(trend from latest model runs)
More days in the 80s than 90s the next 7 days?
Source: Twin Cities NWS
Not so hot?
There’s a noticeable trend in the latest model runs that started Wednesday evening.
Virtually all models have been trending a few degrees cooler in the past 24 hours. The NAM, Euro, GFS, RAP all seem to be converging on a very warm….but not brutally hot stretch of days from today right through most of next week.
In fact, other than a couple of potential days just above 90 this weekend, it may feel almost downright typically “July-like” over the next week.
It’s still going to be very warm (and above average) this weekend and into early next week, but the latest trends suggest we may avoid several days in a row above 90 degrees again.
Source: Iowa State University
The NAM model has been handling the recent heat spikes better than any other model. Last night’s NAM run dropped the forecast high temp for Friday a full 9 degrees, from 97 to 88 degrees.
It also dropped dew points several degrees, and now favors low 60s, or even upper 50s dew points Friday into Saturday.
Even the ECMWF (European) Model is cranking out temps mostly below 90 in the next week.
European Model Forecast #’s/GFS
It will be interesting to see if todday’s model runs confirm this trend.
It appears a slight southward shift in the position of the big upper level heat pump high that’s been baking the nation may be enough to allow the edge of Canadian high pressure to linger over Wisconsin the next few days. That means a light, but important east wind may ease into Minnesota. Local forecasters know an east breeze is not our warmest wind, and slightly cooler air may hold temps at bay a few degrees, especially in eastern Minnesota.
Temps may just reach 90 this weekend in the metro, with mid 90s held off into southwest Minnesota. If the latest model trends verify, the Twin Cities may escape with just 1 or 2 days at or above 90 in the next week…which would put us at 24 or 25 before the heat wave appears ready to break for a while late next week.
The latest model runs still bring high in the 70s to near 80 at best (and comfy dew points in the 50s) late next week in the metro.
NOAA’s CPC is finally picking up on the trends, and has shifted the core of the heat wave south into the central USA in the 8-14 day range.
Source: NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center
Hot streak is over:
Showers and cooler temps brought our string of 21 consecutive days at or above 85 degrees came to a screeching halt Wednesday. Details from the Twin Cities NWS.
Source: Twin Cities NWS