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Get ready for a toasty forecast

Forecast issued Aug. 12, 2013, covering the period from Aug. 14 to 21, 2013

Last week’s forecast played out pretty much as expected with the upper low finally moving out of the region last weekend, allowing high pressure to start building in.

High pressure will dominate our weather for at least the first half of this forecast period, both at the surface and in the upper atmosphere. A large area of surface high pressure will slowly slide southeast across our region during the week, which should result in mainly sunny skies. Under the sunny skies, the strong midsummer sunshine will allow temperatures to slowly warm back into the mid- to upper 20s by Thursday.

At the same time, a ridge of high pressure in the upper atmosphere to our west will begin to push eastward. This ridge will also help boost temperatures, so by the weekend most regions will likely see highs in the low 30s. This ridge is then expected to flatten late in the weekend, which may allow for thunderstorms to develop late on Sunday or sometime on Monday. Temperatures could be a little cooler on Monday if storms develop.

Next week looks to be a repeat of this week. The western ridge of high pressure is forecast to begin rebuilding and moving eastward once again. This should bring mainly sunny skies for most of next week, along with high temperatures once again pushing to around 30 C. The ridge looks to move through by late next week, allowing for thunderstorms to develop by next Thursday or Friday.

So, if you like it sunny and warm/hot, the next couple of weeks will be perfect for you!

Usual temperature range for this period: Highs, 20 to 30 C; lows, 7 to 15 C.

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Daniel Bezte

Daniel Bezte is a teacher by profession with a BA (Hon.) in geography, specializing in climatology, from the U of W. He operates a computerized weather station near Birds Hill Park.

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