Outdoors For The 4th!July 4th, 2013 at 7:17 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
I was going to take the day off from writing a weather blog. Then I had an idea….There will be a lot of folks outdoors today and tonight, and they will need to know a few things. First off…the forecast. Today we’ll see partly cloudy skies as high pressure builds in more firmly from the east. We still have ample humidity to squeeze out a stray shower or storm, but the high pressure area should keep the rain chances to a minimum (15%). So keep your fingers crossed that the high is strong enough to do that. At this time the models are all sticking to that plan. High temps will be in the upper 80s with a few 90s inland, but once again the heat index will be in the mid 90s with a few upper 90s inland. So drink plenty of fluids, and try to wear light-weight/light-colored clothing. Or better yet… jump in the pool or ocean to cool off.
This evening we’ll see just a few clouds. There won’t be any rain during the fireworks. Temps will be in the upper 70s. It will be muggy with a light south wind. Again this is typical Summer weather in Hampton Roads.
We are looking good for the weekend too. Skies will be partly cloudy each day with just a stray shower or storm each afternoon. Highs will be near 90. The heat index will be in the mid-upper 90s.
If you are headed to the beach then have fun, but be safe. There is a low threat for rip currents along our Virginia beaches, but a moderate threat along the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The surf will be about 2 feet. The UV index is very high (11). So make sure you have plenty of sunscreen.
If you are boating today, then high tide is around 7am and 7:30pm give or take an hour. Winds will be southerly at 8-12mph with a few gusts up to 15mph. There are no small craft advisories.
When you head out today or tonight, you should probably take the insect repellant. With all of the recent rain and standing water, there will likely be a lot of mosquitoes out across the region. This is true for tonight during the fireworks as well. Again, have a happy and safe 4th of July.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler