WEATHER THIS WEEK: August 18 – 24

Your weekly forecast by Zachary Jacomowitz

Hello, Rockland County! I hope that you have had a pleasant week. As we continue to near the end of summer, you may be headed to the beach. Just be wary that the risk for rip currents and large swells will remain in place as Hurricane Gert passes well offshore. With that in mind, let’s get into the forecast.

The forecast period begins with unsettled weather for Friday. An area of low pressure will pass to our north and west, with a front trailing down. This will allow for showers to overspread the area, which in turn will keep high temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. The main batch of showers will clear overnight into Saturday, which will lead to a partly cloudy and warm day. Highs on Saturday will reach the mid to upper 80s after a morning low near 70°.

A stray afternoon shower or thunderstorm cannot be ruled out. A much brighter day on Sunday is expected as high pressure takes control of the area. This will lead to a dry high temperature in the low 80s, meaning low humidity will be present. Expect a morning low Sunday in the 60s. High pressure will remain in place to start the new workweek on Monday, which is great news for those looking to watch the highly anticipated solar eclipse. I’ll talk more about that after this forecast discussion.

Highs on Monday will be in the mid-80s under partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies. Tuesday will feature a mixture of clouds and sun as highs climb into the upper 80s to near 90°. A few thunderstorms will be possible. The storm threat will continue into Wednesday as highs top out in the low 80s. Expect clearing on Thursday with highs in the low 80s once again.

Monday is the highly anticipated solar eclipse. While we won’t see a total eclipse here in Rockland County, we will see a partial solar eclipse. The partial eclipse is expected to begin at 1:23 pm, with a maximum occurring at 2:44 pm, and the eclipse ending at 4:00 pm. These times are according to timeandddate.com. Let’s hope for clear skies!