Blog: Warm Again Today. Strong Storms Possible Friday.

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Yesterday was very warm. Almost hot! Take a look at the high temperatures that were reported across the region.

Basically, a cool front did move into the region. However, it stalled out sooner and a little more north than forecast. So we hit the mid 80s in Hampton Roads before some locations near the shore cooled to the 70s. Today, that front will sit over the region. 

We’ll be warm again with some moderate humidity. I’m hoping that temperatures won’t be quite as warm as yesterday. (It’s a little too early for this type of heat). However, we’ll still be in the upper 70s to low 80s. There will probably be some mid 80s inland and over North Carolina.

Winds will be light and variable, and skies will be partly cloudy. There may be some isolated showers along the front, but I don’t think there will be too many. 

Tomorrow, will see much more active weather. While I don’t think we’ll have a severe weather outbreak like last weekend, I do think we’ll have some scattered strong storms. We’ll start off in the morning with a mix of sun and clouds. There will be some isolated showers at first. 

By noon, we’ll warm up well into the 70s with a lot of humidity in the region. Clouds will increase through that time. Then we’ll have some scattered rain showers. By the afternoon, we’ll have scattered thunderstorms forming along with the rain showers. 

Between the late afternoon into the mid evening hours there will likely be some strong to possibly severe storms. 

Future Trak (Tomorrow Evening)

It will be warm and humid for this time of year. So there will be some low-moderate instability for the storms to work with. We’ll also have a pretty big upper level low moving in from the west. This will coincide with a cold front moving in from the west at the surface.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield upgraded the risk for severe wather across the entire region for late Friday into Friday evening from marginal to slight. The main threat will be strong damaging winds.

Heavy rain will be likely for a time, and there will also be some lightning. Hail is a smaller threat. The threat for tornadoes is lowest, but I want to get a couple of updates from the Storm Prediction Center before I hang my hat on that part of the forecast. This is from the late afternoon into the mid-evening hours. Many people will be outdoors. This will have a big impact on the Something in the Water festival as well as folks waiting in line for “Avengers: Endgame.”  

Folks will also be going to the Virginia International Tattoo festival in Norfolk. So folks really need to pay attention to updates about these storms. High temps will be near 80 tomorrow with moderate to high humidity. The wind will be out of the south at 10-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph. That’s outside of any of the storms that form.

The storms will probably roll out by 11 p.m. in the evening. Then we’ll dry out tomorrow night.  We’ll be dry and cooler on Saturday with highs in the lower 70s. Then we’ll be partly cloudy with mid 70s on Sunday. So the payoff is that we’ll have beautiful weather for the rest of the weekend. The pollen should be knocked down as well for those days. We’ll be dry and mild early next week.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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