The calendar says October, but it feels a bit like August. This is having many effects across the region. Temperatures this morning weren’t as cool as yesterday morning. They were mostly in the 60s with only a couple of 50s inland, but it wasn’t too bad. We had a lot of sunshine, and it made for a beautiful morning. Surfers down at the Virginia Beach oceanfront took advantage of the warm temps and the waves.
Some of the waves were from tropical storm Leslie which I’ll talk about more in a minute.
I mentioned yesterday that this September was the warmest on record. This morning I showed the calendar with all of the temperatures on it. Take a look:
You’ll notice all of the red colors. Those are the days that when the high temperature was above average. You’ll also notice that EVERY day was above average. This is some robust warming. We are not the only ones heating up. It has been unseasonably warm for a large portion of the country. We’ll be in the warmth again today. High pressure is shifting a bit. So our regional winds will be out of the southwest.
This will let the high temperatures bump up to the mid 80s with a few upper 80s inland. Skies will be mostly sunny. Tomorrow the heat is going to push even farther north. So Chicago Illinois will join us in hitting the mid 80s.
We’ll heat up even more on Thursday. The morning will start off near 70 degrees. Afternoon high temps will aim for near 90. The average high is 75 degrees for this time of year. The record for Thursday is in the mid 90s. With this recent heat, be sure to stay well hydrated. Treat the weather like it’s August when it comes to work and after school sports. The same goes for pets outside.
A cool front will move into the region from Friday into the weekend. For now it looks like temps will drop to the low 80s through that time. There will be a few showers as the front sits over the region.
Tropical storm Leslie is still churning over the central Altantic. It’s been there for weeks. It is forecast to drift south for a day or two. Then it will lift back north. It is also forecast to become a hurricane for a time.
It should stay out to sea. However, we are getting some of those waves along the shore. This is creating a high threat for rip currents. So only experienced surfers should be in the water today.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler