You know…August temperatures really weren’t bad this year. Here is the graph of what the high temps looked like:
Sure we went above the average high several times, but we never really got into the 90s except for one day. It really was a weird weather pattern, but definitely a cool one. Notice that the 93 degree day was August 31st. Then yesterday (Sept. 1st) we hit 95 at Norfolk International. Then there’s today…. The record high temperature at Norfolk International Airport is 97 degrees set back in 1993 and earlier in 1980. We are going for a high of 97. There may be a sea-breeze late in the day. So it may cool down at the airport and near the oceanfront, but it will definitely hit the mid 90s before that happens. High pressure is sitting just to our southeast. This is allowing for plenty of sunshine, and southwesterly winds.
Even though there is high pressure in the region, we may squeeze out a stray shower or storm this afternoon. Especially if a sea-breeze does kick in. Still, the chance should be low. Dew points are in the low-to-mid 70s. That is almost tropical. So when you combine the heat and humidity, it will feel like it is between 100-105 with the heat index. Rough! The good news is that a cold front is expected to move through tonight. As it moves through it will produce some scattered showers and storms. Then by tomorrow it will slowly sink into northeast North Carolina.
A few showers will linger into tomorrow morning in Hampton Roads. Some scattered storms may linger into northeast North Carolina. A lot of the area could use some rain now. Norfolk finished August 2.51″ below the average rainfall. Behind the front tomorrow the temperatures will be better. Highs will be in the upper 80s to near 90. It won’t be too rosy though. The heat index will still be in the low/mid 90s. Winds will be northwesterly at 5-10mph. We’ll be in the mid 80s on Thursday and Friday. We could see a few showers again on Thursday. However, we are looking at a higher chance for rain late Saturday into Sunday. That will be the next cold front which should be a little stronger. Highs could return to the upper 70s by early next week. We’ll see.
In the tropics there is a new girl in town. Tropical storm Dolly formed last night and has some decent thunderstorms around its center.
The storm is generally moving west, and will move into eastern Mexico as a moderate tropical storm by tomorrow. Winds shouldn’t be too much of a problem, but heavy rain could lead to mudslides. That is a common occurrence from tropical systems down there as they have the higher topography. Stay tuned for updates.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler