Dangerous Heat Today With More Storms…
July 27th, 2012 at 8:18 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
I think the heat is starting to get to folks. Today it will definitely take a toll on Hampton Roads. This is not just a typical hot and humid day. We have heat advisories and excessive heat warnings across the region posted by the National Weather Service:
- Heat Warnings And Advisories
You know it’s rough when you start the day with low temperatures in the low 80s and your heat index is in the low/mid 90s at 6:30 am.
- Heat Index This Morning (6:30am).
Later today the temperatures will rise up to the upper 90s with partly cloudy skies. The heat index will get up to 112 degrees in the metro area. Possibly up to 115 in some inland areas. That is dangerous heat. In an excessive heat warning, heat illnesses are likely like heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke.
The heat warning could be extended to other areas later today if the sun comes out a little more than expected. Especially from the Peninsula northward. So stay tuned for updates!
Along with the heat there is a threat for severe storms later today. Our area is once again under a slight risk for severe weather:
- Slight Risk For Severe
Scattered strong storms with large hail and severe winds are possible as we get into the late afternoon and early evening. These storms will be out ahead of a slow moving cold front that will enter northern Virginia tonight:
- Today’s Forecast
Just like last weekend the front is slowing down. So now the forecast is still be fairly hot (low 90s) on Saturday with a chance for scattered thunderstorms. It won’t be an all day rain though like last Saturday, but we could see a few areas of heavy rain. I think most of Sunday will be rain free, but it depends on where the front sets up. I do have a chance for a few showers early Sunday for now, and hopefully I won’t have to update that much. After Sunday we are basically looking at a chance for at least pop-up showers and storms each day. Unlike today these will be the typical Summertime thunderstorms that you would expect to develop. Today has a higher potential for strong storms.
Don’t forget the typical tips to beat the heat:
1. Drink plenty of fluids
2. Wear light-weight, light colored clothing
3. Never leave a child or pet in a hot car.
4. Take lots of breaks and out of the sun if you work outdoors
5. If your home A.C. doesn’t work or work well, then head to a cool place like a mall, library, or the beach.
6. Close curtains in your home to stop the light from coming in and adding to indoor temperatures
7. Turn off all unused lights in the home. Light = heat. Don’t believe me? Try touching a bulb while it’s still on. Careful!
8. If possible/applicable then cook on the grill instead of the oven.
Good luck out there. At least next week we’ll see more highs in the upper 80s than 90s. So there is some relief on the way.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler