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New Hampshire

June 26, 2013

Weather is stuck in a holding pattern

Humidity, thunderstorms in the forecast for next week or more

A person’s lifetime odds of being struck by lightning are one in 3,000, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Those odds may be higher over the next week to 10 days, according to National Weather Service meteorologists in Gray, Maine, and Taunton, Mass.

The extended forecast calls for the threat of scattered showers and thunderstorms every day for the foreseeable future.

That’s the result of a combination of factors, meteorologist Steve Capriola in Gray said.

““It’s a combination of heat and humidity, upper level impulse going by, a frontal system to our north,” he said yesterday.

And there’s simply no relief in sight.

It will take a “good strong cold front” to change the weather pattern, according to Alan Dunham, a meteorologist in Taunton.

“I haven’t found one yet, but we’ll keep looking,” he joked yesterday.

There’s a very moist air mass hanging over the region, he said, and it will stick around at least through the weekend.

“To a degree, it’s atypical to have a stretch this long,” Dunham said. “It’s a little on the unusual side.”

If he had to pick a day that looks least likely to storm, he said, it would be Friday. But things will pick back up for the weekend.

That doesn’t mean outdoor plans will be washed out, the two men said, rather that storms are a possibility every day and people need to stay alert.

“It’s going to take a change in the jet stream pattern,” Capriola said. “Maybe by the middle of next week, but even that looks very iffy. Summer’s here. We were looking for warm weather and it’s here.”

The temperature will moderate somewhat, dropping down to the low and mid-80s, but the humidity won’t.

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