Still Pretty Hot. Strong Storms Friday.April 11th, 2013 at 9:26 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
It’s official…Yesterday we broke the high temperature record at Norfolk International Airport.
Elizabeth City also broke a record of 87. This replaced the old record of 85. It was a hot day. Many inland locations hit 90 degrees. Today we are expecting a little bit of pull back as some clouds are expected to move in from western Virginia/North Carolina.
The models kept saying that we would be in the low 80s this afternoon, but lately the temps have been about 2-4 degrees above the forecast highs. So I’m calling form mid 80s today with upper 80s inland and increasing clouds. Winds will be southwest at 10-20mph with gusts up to 25mph.
The breeze has really helped out for the last couple of days with the high heat and light humidity. If it wasn’t for that I think many folks would be complaining. Tonight we could catch a stray shower or thunderstorm, but the bulk of the rain is still expected to hold off until tomorrow morning. To me it looks like there will be two rounds of showers and storms. There will be line of showers in the morning coming across the Appalachians. This could be an outflow boundary ahead of the front. This is expected to weaken as it moves into our area. Then as the cold front moves through in the afternoon there will be another round of storms.
Some models only focus on the afternoon storms. If the first line comes through pretty strong, then it wouldn’t allow much time for the atmosphere to destabilize again before the front comes through. If the first round is weak, then the afternoon storms will have a chance to really tap into the heat. At the minimum we’ll see scattered thunderstorms, heavy rain, and some gusty winds. On the stronger end we could see some severe storms with straight-lined severe wind gusts being the main threat. Overall we can expect about a half inch of rain. If you get under some of the downpours, then it may be closer to an inch. Outside of the storms the general winds will be southerly at 10-20mph with gusts up to 30mph.
We’ll look to dry things out by Friday night. Then get ready for a nice weekend with lots of sunshine and highs in the mid-upper 60s. High pressure will be in control. We will already warm to the 70s by Monday. The next chance for rain will be next Tuesday night into Wednesday.
The pollen is still high today. It will drop on Friday with the rain, but will go back up over the weekend. Probably by Sunday.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler