Blog: Slight Cooling For Memorial Day

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Yesterday we topped off in the low-mid 90s as expected.

It was hot.  It was humid.  It was Summery!  Even the pool water seemed warm for the first dip of the year.  Today we’ll have a cool front slowly sink south through the area.  This will bring us a slight cool down and some slightly lower humidity.

The wind will be light and out of the north today.  High temps will be more in the mid-upper 80s. There will be a couple of 90s inland and south, but not nearly as many as yesterday.  The front will stall out over North Carolina this afternoon.  As that happens there may be some isolated showers or storms popping up.  There may be a few more showers and storms by the evening as the front starts to bump back north already. Tomorrow the front will lift north as a warm front.  The thicker humidity will be back, and high temps will rise to near 90.  We’ll continue with more of the Summer-like heat through the week.  High temps will be in the low-mid 90s all the way through Friday.  The average high temperature for this time of year is in the upper 70s to near 80.  Most of the records are in the mid-upper 90s.  It could get rough for folks working outdoors, and for kids in after school programs.

The surf will be pretty nice today.  Waves will run about 2-4 feet.  It should be great for the final day of the Steel Pier Classic.

However, this is also creating a moderate to high threat for rip currents for swimmers.  Remember….if you are caught in a rip current, then swim parallel to the shore, and then back in.  Always swim near a lifeguard.  Water temps are interesting.  The water is over 80 degrees around Oregon Inlet, but in the 60s around Duck, NC and the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. 

The Bay temps are already running in the mid-upper 70s.  That is the earliest that I can remember for those temps to be in the mid 70s. 

Finally…be sure to stay hydrated today.  Especially if you are standing in the sun for any Memorial Day services.  Have a fun and safe holiday.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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