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Monday, May 8, 2017

from warm to hot... (pm.08.may.17)>

Monday's stats:

Low temp: 70.2F (21.2C)
High temp: 89.6F (32.0C)
Rainfall: none

It's not very often in a typical summer season that we hit 32ºC, but that's exactly what happened today at my recording location in the upper part of McLeod Ganj.  That's only a bit below 90ºF -- a temperature that was reached only twice last summer, and wasn't reached at all during the summer of 2015.  So... if you thought it was hot today, you were absolutely correct.  There was even less cloud development over the mountains today than yesterday, allowing us pretty much unlimited sunshine to boost those temps.  This evening just before sunset, we're seeing some increasing cloudiness spreading in from the west, however.

Actually today we've been in an oasis of calm and quiet, with clusters of afternoon/evening thunderstorms evident on satellite pics literally in all directions from us.  We've had no precipitation at all since last Thursday, but it looks like the risk of some random shower and thunderstorm activity is going to be on the rise again between tonight and Wednesday evening.  Some slightly cooler air in the higher levels of the atmosphere is oozing in from the northwest, even now, and that's going to introduce a more unstable situation during this mid-week period.  A period of rain is really our only chance to get our temperatures to drop, which would probably not be such a bad thing.

So... there is the risk of some shower/thunder action, otherwise, expect alternations between clouds and sunshine through the rest of the week and even into the weekend.  Temperatures will remain in peak summer mode, on average, with the exception of the break(s) we might get during a round of thundershowers.