The heat and the humidity will return just in time for the unofficial end to summer (Labor Day). Norfolk International Airport reached 93 degrees today and it was the only 90 degree day this month! Most of August has been cooler than average with highs in the 70s and 80s.
Highs on Labor Day will be in the low to mid 90s. When you factor in the humidity, it will feel more like 100 degrees. Make sure you and your family stay hydrated, especially if you are spending any time outside. This heat can be dangerous. If you are outside for an extended period of time, take breaks by going into an air-conditioned room or by resting in the shade.
A good place to beat the heat will be the beach or the pool. Don’t forget the umbrella and the sunscreen! Rip current risk will be low, which is good news for swimmers. Wave heights should range from 2-3 feet in Virginia Beach and along the Outer Banks. An upper level area of high pressure kept us dry this weekend. This high will move east tomorrow and with all of the heat and humidity in place, there will be a chance for a few pop-up afternoon showers and storms. Rain could develop anytime after 3 PM and will be hit or miss. I think a lot of places will miss out on the rain. Our Future Trak computer model has a few showers/storms developing around 4 PM and continuing through around sunset.
I wouldn’t cancel any of your outdoor plans tomorrow because most of the day will be dry. Just have a back-up plan in case a storm develops near you. We are not expecting any severe weather, just typical summertime pop-up storms.
Tuesday is going to be the hottest day of the week with highs in the mid 90s, which is close to record levels. Record high on Tuesday (September 2) is 97 degrees set back in 1993. Average high is 83 degrees. Just when you thought fall was around the corner, the 90s make a comeback! A weak cold front will push into the region on Wednesday and bring us a better chance for rain and slightly cooler weather by the end of the week. Highs on Thursday and Friday will drop into the mid 80s.
We are watching a broad area of low pressure moving across the Yucatan Peninsula tonight. This disturbance is expected to strengthen once it moves into the Bay of Campeche tomorrow. The National Hurricane Center is giving this area a 50% chance of developing into a tropical system over the next 48 hours and a 60% chance over the next 5 days. Most of the computer models track this disturbance into Mexico this week.
Stay safe in the heat and enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona