Blog: Cool Easterly Breeze Today. Rain Returns tomorow.


Yesterday’s weather was great!  It was mild. It was dry. It was comfortable. Today will almost be a repeat, but there will be some subtle differences. Yesterday we had high pressure in the region with a westerly breeze. Today high pressure is still nearby, but a weak cool front has slipped south into the region.

Regional Weather Map

The front will sink a little more to the south through the day. This will allow the winds to be more out of the east/northeast. Wind direction makes a big difference in Hampton Roads. Especially this time of year when the water temperatures are still cool. Right now water temps are only in the upper 40s to low 50s. 

So when the breeze comes in off of the water, then it keeps air temperatures cooler near the shore.  Meanwhile, the strong April sun can warm up locations that are away from the water. So we’ll likely have highs in the low-mid 60s near the shore with high temps hitting around 70 degrees inland/south.  We’ll have a lot of 60s over the rest of the region. Skies will be partly sunny this morning, but we’ll have a lot of sunshine this afternoon. 

By tomorrow the weak area of low pressure currently over the Tennessee River Vally will slide east along the stalled out front.  We may have some spotty showers in the morning, but we’ll have increasing rain showers between the midday and the afternoon.

The rain may even be heavy for a time in the evening. An isolated thundestorm is possible at that time.  High temps will be in the 60s tomorrow. Winds will be out of the southeast at 10-15mph. 

We could see a half inch of rain in the region with a few areas getting up to an inch. All of this will move out by Saturday morning. A stray shower, could linger into the early morning, but we’ll be dry for the bulk of Saturday. Sunday looks dry for the entire day. So the weekend forecast is a thumbs up. High temps will be in the low 70s both days. We’ll warm to the upper 70s Monday and Tuesday, but there will be rain showers returning late Monday into Tuesday. Stay tuned for updates.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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