A weakening area of low pressure is leading to an ugly end to the week as abundant clouds and passing showers have been the story on this Friday.
Tonight most of the wet weather will come to an end, but the humidity will remain making for a very warm and muggy night. Considering most of the area has seen some wet weather today, patchy fog is possible by early tomorrow morning.
Once the fog dissipates a mixture of sun and clouds will lead to high temperatures climbing back into the low 90s. That heat combined with the decaying low pressure area will lead to those scattered summertime storms. The coverage area is expected to be in the 40% range so just have the umbrella on standby in case a storm pops over your area.
Little will change on Sunday as the usual heat and humidity will start the day before more of those passing storms. Over the course of the weekend, any storm will be capable of heavy downpours, dangerous lightning and gusty winds.
The new work week will bring a slight drop in rain chances as a ridge of high pressure tries to build in from Texas. It does not look like this high pressure area will take full control of our weather, so slight rain chances will remain in the forecast through much of next week. The lower storm coverage will send those highs back into the mid 90s.
Tropical Storm Bertha continues to church very close to the island of Martinique. By later this evening, Bertha will officially move into the Caribbean Sea before passing very close to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Saturday. Overall, the storm remains disorganized with the circulation lacking organized thunderstorms. The forecast calls for Bertha to remain a weak to moderate tropical storm over the next 5 days. The track thinking takes the storm into the Southern Bahamas on Sunday before eventually hooking out to sea by early next week.
As always, the 7 Stormteam will be watching the latest information but at this time, Bertha does not pose any threat to SW LA or the Gulf Coast.