Yesterday we ended up with highs in the 80s over the region. Norfolk had a northeast breeze with temps in the 70s for most of the afternoon. Then for about 1-2 hours the wind turned out of the west. So the temperature popped up to the low 80s briefly. Then the northeast breeze resumed and temps dropped back to the 70s.
Today we started off warmer. Temps were in the 50s and 60s this morning. We have full sunshine right now due to a big area of high pressure in the region.
We’ll have lots of sunshine today with breezy southwest winds. They will run at 10-15mph with gusts to 20mph. That will push the heat to the coast. So high temps will rise to the upper 80s with a few 90s inland. The record high for today is 92 degrees which was set back in 2010. This heat will drive up the pollen levels. I think tree pollen will be very high today with grass pollen levels also increasing. My allergies haven’t been too bad so far this season, but I was struggling this morning.
We’ll have similar weather tomorrow. Highs will be in the upper 80s with 90s inland. The average high is 72 degrees for this time of year. We’ll be warm on Friday with highs in the upper 80s. Clouds and humidity will increase a bit by then. Dew points are in the 40s to near 50 today. They will probably be in the 60s by Friday. We’ll have a mix of sun and clouds on Saturday. It still looks like only some isolated showers during the day on Saturday, but the chance increases Saturday night into Sunday. A cold front will bring the temps down to the 70s on Sunday. We’ll be in the low 70s early next week.
There is one thing that I am tracking in the…..tropics. There may be a weak system trying to develop down towards the Caribbean. It probably won’t even be tropical (maybe subtropical), but the models do show a weak/broad area of low pressure down there that could impact Cuba and Florida. Stay tuned. For now I think it will just be a rainmaker for that region.
In national news…I found an article today that talks about new research into hurricanes. The article looks at a study that was recently published in the the “Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences”. The study looks at the role of thunderstorms in a hurricane, and how they may be able to overcome or block moderate wind shear. This may allow some hurricanes to grow quickly despite the moderate upper level winds. Here is the article with more information: Hurricane intensity despite wind shear.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler