Typical Summer-Time Heat and StormsJune 23rd, 2013 at 11:26 pm by Tiffany Savona WAVY under Weather
Well…we are only a few days into the summer season and it certainly feels like summer across Hampton Roads. Highs today reached the upper 80s to near 90°. The average high temperature this time of year is 86° and we are only going to heat up even more this week.
We could be entering the hottest week of the year so far. We are forecasting highs in the 90s for 4 days in a row.
Not only will the temperature be rising, the humidity will be going up as well. Dew points are going to stay in the upper 60s and lower 70s, so the humidity will stay high and it will feel quite uncomfortable outside. Along with the heat will come the chance for storms. We did see a few showers and storms develop earlier this evening across some areas.
We saw heavy rain and lightning in Suffolk, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News and Hampton. But the showers and storms were isolated, so many areas did stay dry today. We could see another repeat performance the next couple of days. Here is what our Future Trak has at 5 PM on Monday.
It will be hard to pinpoint exactly where the showers and storms will fire up each day because we will not have any surface features, such as a front, to provide a focus for activity. Pockets of upper level energy will move over Virginia and North Carolina over the next few days. With highs in the 90s and plenty of moisture in place, showers and storms could develop during the afternoon hours. Keep in mind that the rain will be hit or miss so many areas will miss out. The weather pattern will remain very unsettled this week. We will have a chance for storms in the forecast each and every day, but chances will remain low. Rain and storm chances start to go up by the end of the week and into next weekend.
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona