TODAY AND TONIGHT: Today starts off a bit chilly – in the upper 40s and low 50s. Through the afternoon, we will warm to the upper 70s and low 80s under a sunny sky. Winds will be breezy out of the north, with gusts around 20mph. There remains a limited threat of fire danger due to low relative humidity values and elevated winds. Use extra caution when outdoor burning.
THE WEEKEND: This weekend will feature more beautiful weather. Highs will be in the lower 80s in the afternoon. Overnight temperatures will drop to the low and mid 50s. Not a drop of rain is in sight for the next week.
THE TROPICS: Hurricane Ian made landfall at 3:05pm Eastern time Wednesday on the southwest coast of Florida as a category 4 storm with 150 mph sustained winds. Landfall was in Cayo Costa, Florida just to the west of Fort Myers. Ian moved back over the Atlantic Ocean as a tropical storm early Thursday but has regained category 1 hurricane strength and is expected to make a 3rd landfall on the South Carolina coast this afternoon as a hurricane. The remnants of Ian will move into the central Appalachian Mountains where more flooding could occur this weekend.
Elsewhere in the tropics, there is another tropical wave coming off the west coast of Africa that has a low (30%) chance of development within 5 days.