After a couple weeks of record heat and near-record heat, we will have some cooling today for sure. Yesterday we tied the record high in Norfolk at 81 degrees. The standing record was reached last year (81 degrees in 2017). A cold front moved through late last night. Temps have been dropping ever since. Temps were near 60 when I got in this morning. The cold front was just south of the state line at the time of this writing.
We had lots of rain in the region. We’ll see lots of rain today. Scattered to occasional showers will fall through most of the day.
The showers should be mostly light, but it will pick up at times. The showers will taper off by the late afternoon into the evening.
We could see about tenth of an inch or two in the region.
This area does not need any more rain right now. I heard from two weather watchers that some of the fields are still wet as well as some of the yards. We haven’t had too many days of heavy rain, but there have been a lot of days with at least some light rain. By tomorrow high pressure will build in behind the front. We’ll have lots of sunshine. Highs temps will be in the upper 50s. It will be a pretty nice day. It will get even better on Wednesday with partly cloudy skies and highs in the 60s. We’ll be mild Thursday and Friday, but some more rain will move in. The better chance for rain will be on Thursday. We could see a few showers Friday morning and again Friday evening. Those details could change. Stay tuned for updates. By the weekend there will be a very strong area of low pressure that will move east from Boston to over the Ocean. It will be a strong system, but it won’t have a huge impact on our region. One impact that we will feel will be a pretty strong north wind. That will happen on Saturday. I’ll have the finer details as it gets closer, but for now I’d guestimate wind gusts of at least 25mph. Stay tuned. It won’t be as breezy on Sunday, but both days will be cooler with highs in the 50s and possibly 40s.
While we have had warm/benign weather here lately, there has been some rough weather in the Midwest and southern states. On top of the recent flooding, there were also some strong storms over the weekend. On Saturday there were numerous tornadoes reported across the Tennessee Valley. Luckily we have not had too many storms in our region. That will probably change as we go into March. We’ll see.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler