An orange weather alert went into effect at 12 noon Friday, with officials warning of heavy thunderstorms and possibly hail inland and at higher elevations during the next few days.
While in many areas skies are expected to be clear, officials said on Friday that due to atmospheric instability, afternoon clouds are expected to increase rapidly in some local areas with possible heavy rain and thunderstorms mainly inland as well as up in the mountains.
Hailstorms are also likely in areas under heavy thunderstorms, prompting officials to raise the awareness level from Thursday’s yellow to orange on Friday from 12 noon through 5pm. According to an official statement by the meteorology department, heavy thunderstorms are expected to affect areas inland and over the mountains, where precipitation may exceed 55 milimiters per hour.
Evening skies will become mostly clear gradually, while moderate fog and low clouds are expected to form in the early morning hours. Lows are expected to drop to 21 degrees inland, in the south and in the east, around 19 out west, while it will be 13 on the mountains.
Sunday - Tuesday thunderstorms
Saturday highs will range in the mid 30’s inland, low 30’s in the south and in the east, upper 20’s in the north and west, and mid-20’s in the mountains.
Sunday through Tuesday will be mostly clear with chances of afternoon rain and thunderstorms, mainly inland and on the mountains.