Northeast may be in for extended period of sunny weather this week

Alex Sosnowski

With Humberto being steered out to sea and a bit of an atmospheric traffic jam developing, the northeastern United States may soon benefit from an extended period of dry, sunny weather.

A couple of weak storm systems will move through the region into Monday.

The first of these caused trouble at some area football games on Saturday due to the risk of lightning strikes.

Beaver Stadium at the Pennsylvania State University had to be cleared when storms approached during the midday hours on Saturday.

That same storm system moved offshore on Sunday.

A second storm system will dip southward across the mid-Atlantic region into Tuesday with spotty showers and perhaps a stray thunderstorm.

However, the stretch from Tuesday through Friday, and perhaps longer, has the potential to be generally sunny across the region.

The same pattern may confine hot and humid conditions to the South Central states this week.

Highs are generally forecast to be within a few degrees of average most days this week with perhaps a warmer-than-average finish at the end of the week.

This time of the year, highs generally range from the upper 60s over northern Maine to near 80 in southeastern Virginia.

Other than the spotty shower risk into Tuesday, the only other potential travel problem may be from patchy, early-morning fog. The greatest risk of travel-snarling fog will be over the interior river valleys through part of the morning rush hour.

For people heading to the beach to take advantage of lower hotel rates and the nice weather, keep in mind locally dangerous surf conditions are possible due to Humberto spinning offshore.

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