Is It Summer Yet?June 12th, 2013 at 10:20 am by Tiffany Savona WAVY under Weather
No, it is not summer just yet, but it will feel more like summer today and tomorrow. Summer officially begins next Friday, June 21st. We are looking at highs in the lower 90s today. Check out the record highs across the region.
Remember these are the only locations that have climate data. With highs in the lower 90s, I think the records will be safe today. One of the reasons why temperatures are going to be so high today is due to the location of a stationary front to our north.
This front causes the air to south of this boundary to be compressed. Compression results in warming. The average high temperature is 83° today, so we should be a good 10 degrees hotter than that. This boundary should spark off showers and thunderstorms to our north. Storm motion is determined by the upper-level wind pattern. Upper level winds are blowing from northwest to the southeast, so storms will develop and move in that direction. That means we could see a few showers and storms move into Hampton Roads later today and tonight.
Midday Update: Future Trak has some of the storms moving in after 3 PM this afternoon. Any storm that develops today could become strong with damaging winds as the main threat.
The best chance for rain will be from Norfolk and points to the north and northwest.
Thursday is shaping up to be an active day across Hampton Roads. First off…we could see record breaking heat across the region. The record high temperature in Norfolk tomorrow is 96° and we are forecasting a high temperature of 97°. We are also tracking a powerful storm system that will bring a cold front closer to us by the late afternoon and early evening hours. The ingredients are coming together for a good chance for severe weather. There will be plenty of instability, moisture and energy to work with. The Storm Prediction Center has already highlighted our area for the potential of severe weather on Thursday.
There is a moderate or enhanced risk for the Peninsula, Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and Eastern Shore. These areas will be closer to that area of low pressure. Damaging winds and large hail will be the main threats, but isolated tornadoes are not out of the question. Stay tuned to WAVY TV 10 and wavy.com for the latest.
Remember to stay safe in the heat and to drink plenty of water!
Meteorologist Tiffany Savona