Today is a good day to open up the windows and let the sunshine in. The upper level low that sat over us yesterday and created the weird clouds and scattered showers has moved out to sea. High pressure is building in from the west at the surface.
So we’ll have a lot of sunshine today. We had a chilly start with temps only in the 40s and 50s this morning, but temps will warm to the low 70s this afternoon with the strong May sun. It will be in the 60s on the Eastern Shore and north of Hampton Roads. There will be a northwest breeze.
Tomorrow, high pressure will build in closer. We’ll have a little more of a westerly wind. So high temps will warm up to the upper 70s to near 80 degrees. We’ll have partly sunny skies. We’ll have a warming weather pattern going into the weekend. Highs will be in the mid 80s on Friday with partly cloudy skies. There may be a stray shower or two later in the day.
Then we’ll stay warm over the weekend with more highs in the 80s. There will be some isolated to scattered showers this weekend, but it doesn’t look like there will be any big areas of rain moving in. It might pick up a little during one of the overnights. Stay tuned.
It does look like we’ll stay warm all the way through the middle of next week. May is already running 6.8 degrees above average so far according to the National Weather Service’s climate section. That’s already a big number, but it is only mid-May. We did have a couple of cooler days recently, but the 7 day forecast shows a lot more above-average temperaures. The average is 75 degrees this week.
So it will be interesting to see how the month ends up. Water temps are very warm already over some parts of the area. The bay temperature at Sewell’s Point is in the upper 60s right now, but it will probably be around 70 by the middle of next week. That’s early.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler