So much for a quiet Friday. We had scattered heavy downpours over parts of the region in the last 24 hours.
Since midnight some areas have had about 1 – 1.5″ of rain. There were a couple of reports of over 2″ in Southampton County.
This has prompted a Flash Flood Watch for most of southeast Virginia. The main reason for the heavy rain over the larger region is the high amount of moisture that has been sitting over the eastern (and southern) U.S. The main reason for our local rain recently is a stationary front that has been drifting back-and-forth from north to south.
Last night a weak area of low pressure moved offshore. This gave the front a slight push to the south. So, relatively speaking, we’ll be cooler today. High temps will be in the upper 80s. Keep in mind that it will feel like the low 90s with the heat index.
We’ll have a few showers around this morning, but scattered showers and thunderstorms will re-form this afternoon.
We could see some heavy downpours, but we may also have some strong gusty winds. Earlier the Storm Prediction Center had our region in a marginal risk for severe weather for the late afternoon/evening. It also had a smaller region of a slight risk (level 2 out of 5) between Surry county and Richmond. Strong/gusty winds will be the main threat. An isolated tornado could happen in the slight risk area.
We’ll have some more scattered showers before midnight. Some of those could be heavy as well. Tomorrow the front will make a stronger push back north as a warm front. The breeze will pick up out of the southwest at 10-20mph. That breeze will be nice. Because the high temperatures will rise into the low 90s, and the heat index will be near 100. We’ll have partly cloudy skies with a few scattered thunderstorms during the afternoon. We’ll be even hotter on Sunday. High temps will be in the low-mid 90s. The heat index will be in the low 100s. There will be some isolated showers or storms popping up on Sunday, but it’s a low chance. The chance for rain will increase Sunday night into Monday morning as a cold front makes a final push through. High temps will get knocked down to the mid 80s on Monday. THEN….finally we’ll have some cooler/drier weather for a couple of days. High temps will be in the low-mid 80s Tuesday and Wednesday. Dew points will drop quite a bit. Hopefully, the front doesn’t stall out like it did this week. I think everyone could use a brief break from the heat and the humidity.
Before I go. It has been pretty hot over a large part of the country recently. However, in Alaska there was a recent shot of cold air that helped them tie some record low temperatures. Alaska cold. So if you really want to beat the heat….head to Alaska!
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler