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Thursday, June 2, 2016

mid-summer temps... (pm.02.jun.16)>

Thursday's stats:

Low temp: 68.4F (20.2C)
High temp: 88.0F (31.1C)
Rainfall: none

There are some patches of flat, lifeless altocumulus clouds mainly in the vicinity of the mountains this evening, otherwise the trend is toward clearing skies.  It's been a very warm early June day, with humidity averaging around 30-32%, and a predominance of sunshine.  The build-up of clouds over the Dhauladhars looked a bit threatening for awhile, especially between about noon and 2:00pm, but any isolated thundershower development remained east-northeast of us.  My high temp was the warmest I've recorded since last Friday.

The turn to stability that was advertised several days ago, and that we've been nervously anticipating, has indeed materialized.  There are still the nail-biting issues of clouds/thunder development along the mountains by mid-day into the afternoon hours, but the relatively warmer air that has set up shop in the upper-levels of the atmosphere has so far done an efficient job at squashing any significant action.  Models show this high pressure ridge strengthening even further over the weekend, and perhaps even into Monday, so our overall situation should remain on the stable side.  Having said that, isolated PM thundershower development is not out the question, so keep an eye to the sky and be prepared for sudden changes -- especially if you plan to be hiking/climbing/trekking up toward Triund and beyond.  All bets are off up at those elevations.

Temperatures will be capable of reaching or maybe slightly exceeding 90ºF/32ºC over the next few days as well -- IF cloud formation doesn't get too out of control.  If those clouds do manage to get a majority of the daytime heating hours, then it will be several degrees "less hot", in other words, more comfortable.

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