Brrrr! Yep it’s August and parts of the Midwest are cold. Not cool, not a bit chilly, but cold. Lows this morning were in the upper 30s over parts of Michigan and Wisconsin. It’s no joke. Now locally we had low temps in the 60s mostly. If we kept mostly clear skies this morning, then we might have seen some more 50s. But a small pocket of clouds did move through early. It is already pushing out, and overall the day is looking good. Skies will be partly sunny with high pressure in the region.
There is a stationary front to our south. A weak area of low pressure will form along that today and will nudge the front northward. This will create a few spotty showers over northeast North Carolina this afternoon. Tonight into tomorrow morning we’ll see a few showers in the region, but overall skies will be partly cloudy over the next 24 hours. We’ll have fair skies on Sunday, however, the heat and humidity will build in quickly. So let’s look at the weather pattern causing this big change.
Today there is a rather large trough in the Midwest down to the Mid Atlantic. This is bordering the cooler/colder airmass.
The trough would normally produce some thunderstorms in the region, but the air at the surface is very dry. So only isolated showers in the region are forecast for today (northeast North Carolina). Highs will be in the 70s in the Midwest with low 80s around here. Tomorrow the trough will lift north a bit. Winds will be light out of the southeast. This will allow for some warming in the region. Highs will be in the mid 80s. By Sunday the trough will push back up to the Canadian border.
So as the trough lifts, the heat will be allowed to spill east into the Mid Atlantic and the Southeast. Locally our high temperatures will rise to the low 90s. Humidity will also increase. Highs will stay in the low 90s through Wednesday. There may even be some mid 90s in the region. We haven’t seen Norfolk hit 90 degrees or more since July 23rd. That’s when we hit 91 degrees.
Things are getting set up for the ECSC this weekend. The main events will happen next week into next weekend. I don’t think we’ll see too much surf this weekend for warmups and practices. Perhaps we’ll get some waves building next week. The finals are next weekend, so I’ll cross my fingers for the surfers. The Atlantic is quiet for now.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler