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A possibility of thunderstorms

Simon Smith
Lightning illuminates the night sky over Roswell, N.M., this week as thunderstorms pass through the area. (Marl Wilson / Roswell Daily Record)
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The heat is on for the foreseeable future, and with the heat comes the potential for thunderstorms. Our weekend will likely get off to an unsettled start with partly cloudy, hot and humid conditions. Scattered, heavy showers and thunderstorms, some with torrential rain, hail, strong gusty winds and frequent lightning will pay a visit to much of the basin by afternoon, but Saturday and Sunday look to be a bit drier, as the thunderstorms will most likely stay just to our east and south both days.

Highs today will soar into the mid 80s near the shoreline of Lake Tahoe, near 90 in town and mid 90s out in Meyers. Lows tonight will drop into the 50s to lower 60s at best with near 70 up on Kingsbury Grade.

For Saturday and Sunday, temperatures will come down a few degrees with 80s more common. Winds will be generally light except near any thunderstorms, although Saturday and Sunday afternoons may see the west winds kick in around 10 to 15 mph.

The thunderstorms will return early next week along with more hot weather.

Have a great weekend!

— Do you have a weather-related question for forecaster Simon Smith? Please write to him with any question you have and he will answer it in this column. Smith, a co-op weather observer for the National Weather Service in Reno, can be reached at simonsweather@yahoo.com


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