Yesterday was rough. Today is going to be rougher. High temps on Tuesday reached the upper 90s in many locations. Even Norfolk hit 97 degrees.
That actually tied the old record set back in 1885. Today we will likely be a couple of degrees hotter. So today we will see some 100′s in the area. The record high at Norfolk International Airport is 96 degrees for today. Norfolk will likely get to 99. Our lovely Bermuda High/heat pump is in full swing. We will see winds out of the west/southwest today at 8-12mph. Dew points are in the low/mid 70s. Skies are clearing a bit this morning, and they will become mostly sunny soon.
High temperatures this afternoon will be in the upper 90s to around 100 degrees. Even temps near the shore will be in the 90s today. It will only be right there next to the water where the cooler temps will lie. If I’m wrong about the winds, then a sea breeze could develop. Keep that in mind. Here’s my forecast for some of the local temperatures this afternoon:
The heat index will be between 100 and 109 degrees. Williamsburg tends to run a little high, but I bet the heat index there will approach 110 today. The light breeze out of the west should help a bit, but not much. Now we may kick off some isolated showers and storms this afternoon. We had a few rowdy storms on the Northern Neck, Eastern Shore, and Middle Peninsula yesterday evening. There is a slightly higher chance for rain in those locations (30%). Whereas the chance for rain is only 20% elsewhere.
By tonight the cold front will move down into our region. We’ll see some scattered showers and storms as the front moves through. So by tomorrow the front will clear the region, and it will stall out to our south. Winds will be northeast at 5-10mph. This will keep our highs in the mid-upper 80s. Keep in mind that it will still be humid. So the heat index will still be in the low 90s in the afternoon. Better, but not a cool/crisp day by any means. The front will move back north as a warm front on Thursday. Highs will be back in the low 90s. The heat index in the upper 90s. We’ll basically be in the upper 80s to low 90s into the weekend with some scattered storms possible each day. I’ll refine the weekend forecast as it gets closer.
In the Gulf of Mexico Tropical Storm Bill is making its way towards the Texas coast. The winds had increased to 60mph around the mid morning. It will make landfall just northeast of Corpus Christi. Then it will move inland and weaken this afternoon.
The winds may cause some light damage, but the big problem will be the flooding and the rain. Especially in the Houston Area. A lot of Texas has had recent flooding over the past couple of months. Houston had a major flood last month from non-tropical systems. They have been preparing for this next round of flooding. The rain has already started pouring in. That region could see over 6 inches of rain.
The rain will keep moving north towards Dallas, but the system will lose its strength. Some of the moisture from the system may migrate our way by Friday, but the system will have fallen apart by then.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler