Yesterday, temps were split, and I wouldn't say "as expected".
The majority of the area was well into the 70s. A cold front did move in, but it stalled out over the Chesapeake Bay. You can clearly see that it was much cooler on the Eastern Shore. Through the morning I often mentioned how the forecast would be tricky due to the front. It was. Today we have close to the same setup.
The front is lingering over the Eastern Shore. It will drift around a bit, but it shouldn't move much farther south. So most of the region will be in the warm zone again today.
High temps will be in the 70s with temps more in the 50s to near 60 on the Eastern Shore and Northern Neck.
I've got the forecast high in Hampton Roads/Norfolk at 76 degrees today. The record high is 76 set back in 1904. Elizabeth City will likely break their standing record of 71 which was last set in 2017. They will aim for the upper 70s today. There were some rain showers overnight into the early morning, but they are clearing out as I write this. We'll have partly cloudy skies for the bulk of the day with more clouds north and east.
Overnight we'll have clearing skies. Temps will bottom out near 60. Then we'll have one more warm day tomorrow. High temps will rise to the low 70s (60s north) before the bigger cold front arrives. We'll start with lots of sunshine, but clouds will increase thorugh the afternoon. As the front moves in during the mid-afternoon we'll have a few scattered rain showers. Winds will turn from the southwest to out of the northwest. Temps will probably drop to the 60s.
As we go into Friday we'll have clearing skies with colder temps. Lows will drop down to the 30s. Then on Saturday we'll be partly cloudy wiht high temps only in the 40s. We'll be in the 40s and dry on Sunday.
The weather looks pretty wet for the first half of next week. We'll warm up just a bit into the 50s. However, we'll have on-and-off showers from Monday through at least Wednesday morning. Stay tuned for updates.
In world news...While the U.S. and Canada recently encountered a brief blast of Arctic air, the Earth just finished a very warm year. A recent headline from NOAA claims that 2018 was the 4th warmest year on record for the Earth. 4 of the warmest years on record have occurred since 2015. Here is the article with more information: 2018 4th warmest on record.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler
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