Blog: Temps Push To Near Record

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The record high for today is 92 degrees in Norfolk. That was set back in 2010. We will likely get close to that today with a forecast high temperature of 90. 

This is well above the average of 72 degrees. We’ll have a lot of sunshine through the day with some high/thin clouds at times. A few fair weather cumulus clouds will probably also form. High pressure is to our south, and there is a warm front well to our north.

So we’ll be deep into the warm zone today. There is a cold front way off to our west over the central U.S. This worked in conjunction with an area of low pressure to create a lot of severe storms and tornadoes over the last couple of days.

Locally today, we’ll have a lot of sunshine. We’ll have some unseasonable heat and humidity for this time of year. Dew points have risen into the mid 60s. This is pretty muggy by itself. 

However, there will also be a steady breeze out of the southwest. That should help out with comfort levels. High temps will be near 90, but the heat index will make it feel like the low 90s when the breeze isn’t blowing. No rain is expected today, but some isolated showers or storms could move in north of Hampton Roads tonight. I think we’ll have a little more cloud cover tomorrow. 

So I have high temps more in the upper 80s. There will probably be some 90s inland/south.  We could get some isolated showers or storms over North Carolina during the late afternoon.  They could get close to the state line.

By Saturday, a cold front will slowly move towards the region. We’ll still be pretty warm, but skies will be partly to mostly cloudy. This should keep the temps down into the low-mid 80s. Scattered showers and storms will form later in the afternoon. Some models keep the higher rain chances closer to the evening and overnight.  Rain showers will continue on-and-off Sunday with highs temps in the 70s. It shouldn’t be a washout though. Then we’ll be mild and dry early next week.

In the tropics…yes the tropics…there is a weak disturbance just east of Florida. 

This will likely bring some heavy rain to the Florida peninsula over the next 24 hours. It may move northeast after that point, but it would likely stay out to sea as all the models suggest. It’s interesting that there is an early potential for a tropical system. Just yesterday I found an article that talked about how there has been a steady increase in pre-hurricane season storms since the 1980s. However, the 4 last years in a row have had a pre-season storm form.  Last year hurricane Alberto formed in late May and affected a large portion of the eastern U.S. Is this a new normal or a short-term trend? Here is the article with more infomarion: Uptick in pre-season tropical systems.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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