Blog: Near Record Heat Today

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This is not a complaint, but we are going to get fairly hot today.  We wanted the heat for so long.  Now it is in full force.  Yesterday we made it to 89 degrees in Norfolk .  The average high temperature for this time of year is 72 degrees.  Today’s forecast high is 90.  The record is 92 (1965).  So we may get close enough to tie the record.  There will be some low 90s inland with 80s near the shore.  I’m surprised that water temperatures haven’t warmed up a little faster.  They are still in the upper 50s along Virginia Beach.  It’s in the low 60s over the Outer Banks.  They will probably warm up 2-4 degrees in the next 48 hours. 

Today we will have the southwest breeze again.  This will push the heat to the shore, but it will also help make it feel a little more comfortable.  We are nice and dry with dew points near 50.  High pressure is just to our southeast.

There is a stationary front well off to our west.  This has caused some severe weather and tornadoes over the central U.S.

Locally, we’ll have similar weather tomorrow.  I think we’ll have a few more clouds and a little increase in humidity.  So I’m calling for more upper 80s than low 90s.  By Saturday we’ll definitely have more moisture in the region.  There will be a cold front moving closer to the region as well, but it may stall out to our northwest.  This is causing a split in the rain chances for Saturday.  The NAM model is totally dry with no rain in the region.  The GFS was pretty dry, but the latest run brought in a few showers during the day.  splitting the difference for now, we’ll have a 20-30% chance for showers during the day on Saturday.  Keep in mind that the whole region has been very dry lately.  The ground is drying out very fast with the recent heat and dryness.  So I would think that the wetter models will dry up some in the next 24 hours.  We’ll see.  Either way it will be a little cooler on Saturday. High temps will be in the lower 80s.  Then on Sunday the cold front will move in and stall out.  We’ll have more clouds with scattered rain showers.  High temps will be in the 70s. 

 A few showers could linger into Monday morning, but it won’t rain much during the day.  High temps will be closer to 70 degrees.  Highs will be in the 70s also on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

A while back I blogged a couple of times about the proposed cuts to NOAA’s budget. This would include implied cuts to the National Weather Service.  There is some recent (and good) news about this as it pertains to Congress. They aren’t buying into the cuts.  Here is a recent article with an update: Congress focuses on proposed budged cuts to NOAA.  The proposed cuts come after one of the most destructive hurricane seasons on record.  Also, some new satellites have been launched in the last year.  We’ll see where this goes. 

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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