A coastal storm that developed late Saturday brought overnight storm and rain to the Central Atlantic and Northeast. Unfortunately, the rain shows little signs of slowing in the direction of the week.
Doppler radar indicated that 4-7 inches of rain fell in parts of Virginia and Maryland. Floods and road closures have been reported in the metropolitan areas of Washington, DC and Baltimore. The Jersey Coast also received heavy rains, including 4.55 inches of rain in Brick Township from Saturday night. The final sum will probably be higher. Wind gusts over 50 miles per hour have also been reported along the New Jersey coast.
The winds will be quieter during the morning hours on Sunday along the coast. Much of the rain has penetrated Pennsylvania and New York.
The weather will falter somewhat over the next few days, and as a result, ocean moisture will continue to flow into the Central Atlantic and Northeast for the next few days. Sporadic thunderstorms are expected in the entire region, sometimes with heavy rainfall. An additional 1 to 4 inches of rain is possible in the eastern US until early Tuesday due to numerous thunderstorms. It will feel pretty humid too.
Localized flash floods will continue to be a source of concern most of the week due to continued heavy rains.
Meanwhile, the next round of thunderstorms is possible in the south. There is a slight risk of thunderstorms today in large parts of North Florida, South Georgia and South Alabama. Damaging winds, hail and tornadoes are possible.
Heat reaches south, west
Heat engulfs the south as this week creates a dangerous heat wave over the west. Heat warnings now extend from the Florida Panhandle to Oregon.
Dallas reached 109 degrees on Saturday, the hottest recorded temperature since 3 August 2011.
Excessive heat is expected in the west for much of the coming week. High temperatures in Southeast California, parts of Arizona and parts of Nevada will be between 110 and 120 degrees during parts of the week. In Southern California, many areas will be in the 90's to nearly 100 degrees.
Three-digit temperatures will enter the work week at 100- to 105-degree readings expected from Redding, California, to Sacramento. Local temperatures will be over 105 degrees in this region.
In Oregon, temperatures will be in parts of southern Oregon in the '100s and parts of Portland in the' 90s. The National Weather Service in Medford, Ore., Reports: "A very hot air mass, even by the end of July standards, will affect the area (s) next week."
Although the western and southern US are likely to experience some relief later in the week, the heat in both regions will continue in the coming week.