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The heat continues, the humidity increases, it still hardly rains

The heat continues, the humidity increases, it still hardly rains
The heat continues, the humidity increases, it still hardly rains

TODAY: Partly sunny, scattered showers, hot and humid. Hello 97.

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy, warm and humid. Low 77.


WEDNESDAY: Hot and humid, thunderstorms in the evening. Hi 96.

The official high for HIA yesterday was 96°. Thankfully, the higher humidity continued yesterday with dew points between 60 and 65 degrees. It was a dry heat. A few storms formed over the ridges during the afternoon, so areas west of Harrisburg got some rain. It wasn’t much, though. Last night was muggy with temperatures in the 70s and dew points rising as well. Today will be more oppressive as dew points climb back up to 70 degrees. A few showers are possible again, but will remain very isolated. Most backyards will remain dry, which should be no surprise given recent conditions. The official July rainfall total so far for Harrisburg International: 0.00″. Highs will be above 90 degrees again today!

The best rain chances for the region will be late Wednesday as the remnants of Beryl move tropical moisture northward along a front. Most of tomorrow will be hot and humid with some sunshine, but thunderstorms are expected through late tonight. Trends appear to favor a line of thunderstorms developing after 5 p.m. While precipitation amounts are vague, there is hope that 0.50-1.00 inches can be squeezed out of this fast-moving line of thunderstorms. Unfortunately, it won’t be a tropical downpour that just sits there and dumps rain. After Wednesday night, Beryl’s front now appears to be moving south and east of the region, keeping Central PA dry through the weekend. Humidity levels may drop slightly, but the hot and humid weather is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

-Meteorologist Brett Thackara

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