It’s official…May in Hampton Roads ended up being the 2nd warmest on record.
We had 27 days above average in May with only 4 days below average. Over the past couple of weeks it has also been unseasonably humid. Dew points have been in the low-mid 70s. That is super muggy for late May. Today we still have that level of humidity, but we will have a lot more sunshine. We started with a pocket of clouds in Hampton Roads this morning, but overall the region has cleared out.
A warm front was lifting well to our north. High pressure was nudging closer to us from the east. We have some upper level ridging which should help to break up the local clouds. We’ll have southwest winds at the surface at 8-12mph. This will all heat things up today to the low 90s. When you combine the humidity it will feel like it’s in the upper 90s (heat index). There may be an isolated shower or storm this afternoon, but the chance is low.
Tomorrow we’ll have an upper level trough dropping in from the Midwest. This will create scattered showers and storms later in the day. We’ll still be very warm and humid. Highs will be in the mid-upper 80s. While it will still be warm and muggy, at least there will be more clouds. The scattered showers and storms will drift through between the late afternoon into the evening.
A cold front will move into the region on Sunday. This will bring more on and off showers along with lots of clouds. However, high temps will drop to the upper 70s. A surface low will form and move offshore into Monday. This will allow cooler northerly breezes to develop. We’ll have highs in the 70s Monday and Tuesday. We’ll also gradually pull down some drier air from the Northeast states. However, heat will build up (big time) over the central U.S. That heat will migrate east as we go through next week. Stay tuned for updates.
Yes today is the start of hurricane season. We’ve already had Alberto. We’ll see what the rest of the season brings. The official forecast is out, but an El Nino could form in the Pacific. This could dramatically alter the forecast. Stay tuned.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler