Perseid meteor shower of 2021, likely the best of the year, is peaking now!

Science 11 August, 2021 - 07:28am 70 views

When does the Perseid meteor shower peak?

The Perseids happen each year in August and are expected to reach their peak this year between Aug. 11 to 13 (Wednesday to Friday), with the best viewing hours between midnight and dawn on Thursday (Aug. 12), according to NASA. That means the peak is overnight tonight. Space.comPerseid meteor shower 2021 webcasts: How to watch the 'shooting stars' at their peak live tonight

The heat and humidity continue with passing storms

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The heat and humidity will likely peak Thursday and Friday with highs in the mid/upper 90s and a heat index over 100°. We will continue to feel those extremely humid conditions.

Along with the heat, we will be watching a slow moving front to our northwest. Many models have this front moving closer by the weekend allowing for better chances and coverage of afternoon/evening storms.

The slow-moving front will enter the region bringing a few scattered showers and storms Saturday. Ahead of it, we remain hot with highs in the low-mid 90s. By Sunday, the front passes overhead with more clouds and better shower/storm chances along with cooler temperatures reaching the mid 80s.

We turn even cooler early next week with highs in the low 80s by Monday and Tuesday. From there we wait and see what kind of influence we will see from the tropics.

Tropical Storm Fred developed just south of Puerto Rico Tuesday evening. The storm is the sixth of the Atlantic Hurricane season and is likely to remain as a tropical storm as it travels over the mountainous terrain of the Dominican Republic and Haiti before heading toward Cuba Friday. By the weekend, the tropical system will approach south Florida before likely entering the Gulf of Mexico and turning north.

Beyond the weekend, it’s pure speculation regarding any impact on our area as a result of the tropics. We could certainly stand to see some tropical rain. Several models suggest rain may impact the southeast. However, if anything makes it here. it wouldn’t likely be until mid-to-late next week.

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