It’s official. This September was the warmest on record in Norfolk and Elizabeth City, according to the National Weather Service.
The average temperature was 79.1 degrees in Norfolk, which was 6.8 degrees above average.
We had a nice cool down this weekend.
It was in the 50s and 60s in the mornings, but it still felt warm in the sun during the afternoons. Now we are starting October, and the forecast is pretty warm going forward. Today we will warm to about 80 degrees. The average high for this time of year is 75. We have a big area of high pressure nearby. Our wind will be out of the east/southeast today at 5-10mph.
So we won’t heat up too much.
However, by tomorrow the high will shift around a bit. This will let the wind turn out of the southwest. So high temps will rise to the mid 80s. Dew points will rise slightly.
By the time we get to Thursday the breeze will pick up even more out of the southwest. This will let temperatures approach 90 degrees. The record is 95 (1954) on Thursday. So we may get close to that record. The models cool us down slightly by next weekend, but there is no really cool air in sight for the next 7-9 days.
Meanwhile tropical storm Leslie is STILL drifting around the central Atlantic. It is gaining strength, and it could become a hurricane by mid-week.
However, the system continues to just drift around. It is forecast to stay out to sea. It is sending some swells towards our coast. Therefore, there is a high threat for rip currents at our local beaches.
In the southwestern U.S. tropical storm Rosa is forecast to move onto the Baja Peninsula today. Then it is forecast to move northeast as a tropical depression over the 4 corners region.
They are currently in a bad drought, but they are ironically forecast to have some flooding in the region as Rosa becomes a big rain-maker.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler