Blog: Hot But Breezy Today!

Forecast Temperatures

It’s official.  Yesterday, Norfolk International Airport broke a record.  We hit 94 degrees during the afternoon.  This broke the old record of 93 set back in (1941).  We’ll have a lot of the same heat today, but there will be a couple of subtle differences.  The overall setup is the same.  Today we have a big area of high pressure that is offshore.  A warm front is far to our north.  Skies were partly cloudy this morning, and there was a light breeze out of the southwest.

Regional Weather Map

There is a strong cold front over the central U.S. this morning. This will deliver another round of severe weather there today.  There is actually a high risk for severe weather over Oklahoma and Kansas.

Today’s Severe Weather Risk

A “High Risk” typically only gets posted by the Storm Prediction Center about 3-6 times a year.  So this will be a big deal.  Tornadoes are likely.  There is a big clash of the airmasses out there as cold (literally) air comes off of the Rockies and moves into the Plains.

Forecast Temperatures

That cold front will move towards our region by tomorrow night, but it will lose a lot of its energy by the time it makes it here.  Before that point we’ll stay hot and humid for the next 48 hours.

Today high temps will rise into the low-mid 90s.  It is humid again today with dew points in the 60s.  There are some upper 50s mixed in with the 60s.

Dew Points

However, one difference today is the wind.  It is a little stronger.  It will run at 10-15mph with gusts up to 25mph.  This will really help how it feels outside.  A breeze can cool you down by aiding in the evaporation of (gross alert) sweat.  However, it can also take the body heat that surrounds your body and strip it away.  So if you can get out of the sun and into the breeze today, then you should be A-ok.  Still…be sure to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.  Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks.

We’ll see much of the same weather tomorrow.  There may be more clouds in the afternoon.  So that might lower the temps a couple of degrees.  However, overall it will still be hot and humid.  Highs will be in the low 90s.  By tomorrow evening we’ll have some showers and storms move into the region ahead of the cold front.

Some of those storms may be on the strong-severe side, but the risk will only be marginal.  Scattered showers will continue Friday night into Saturday morning. They should let up in the afternoon.  Then the colder air sinks in.  The models keep dropping the forecast temperatures.  So I keep trending them down.  For now I have highs near 70 on Saturday.  Some models are only in the 60s.  Either way it will be a huge drop in temperatures in a 24 hour period.

We’ll be a little better on Sunday.  We’ll have a mix of sun and clouds with high temps pushing back up into the upper 70s.  Maybe we can hit 80, but we’ll see.  There may be a few isolated showers, but the chance for rain is low at this time.  We’ll develop more rain late Monday into Monday night.  Highs will be in the 80s.

I tend to keep this blog all weather except for a couple of references to culture on occasion.  This morning I want to talk about one big piece of entertainment news that affected me.  I was getting ready for the shows this morning, and I found out that Chris Cornell had died.  He is/was the lead singer of Soundgarden and was also the frontman for Audio Slave.  I was very shocked as the news came out of nowhere. They just did a concert last night.  Some more details came out through the morning, and they weren’t good.  I saw Soundgarden twice.  Once in Virginia Beach a couple of years ago, and once at Lollapalooza in the mid 90s in Illinois.  During that show they played “Burden In My Hand” right at sunset in the middle of Summer.  Talk about a perfect setting.  It was a really great memory.  It is sad to have him go.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


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