Get ready for an unseasonably warm weekend. Once you step out this morning, you’ll notice that it feels much more comfy compared to yesterday morning. Temps were in the 20s yesterday morning, but temps were generally 15° – 20° warmer this morning. This afternoon, temps will also be around 15° – 20° warmer than the “average high” for this time of year (which is around 50° for Norfolk).
The warm up is due to a warm south wind that’s pumping in the more mild (and more humid) air. Also, a warm front will lift north of our area today…leading to even warmer weather overnight and for Sunday as we sit in a warmer air mass.
Highs today will reach into the Mid-Upper 60s…with Mid 70s on deck for Sunday.
The warmth doesn’t come without the chances for rain. As today’s warm front lifts north ( and some upper level energy moves by), conditions will support scattered showers developing and rolling across our area. The best timing for the highest rain chances will be from Mid-Morning through early afternoon.
So, there will be scattered showers for your Midday plans… lingering (in some spots) through 3pm – 4pm. After that time-frame, rain chances diminish to more of the isolated / spotty variety into the evening.
Tomorrow, what once was a stalled frontal boundary to our west will start to move towards us as a cold front. The front won’t arrive until basically early Monday morning, but more scattered showers can be expected ahead of the approaching front. It will not be a wash-out, but just like today… the weather will support the need for you to carry an umbrella.
As we fast forward to Monday, this is when we’ll have the highest rain chances for the week as the cold front crosses our area.
Between today and Monday, rainfall amounts should range between .5″ – 1″. Thankfully, flooding isn’t a concern here…but it sadly is for our friends across the western parts of Virginia, West VA, KY, and areas across the TN River Valley.
We have had some improvement in our drought situation over the past several weeks. Not long ago, all of Hampton Roads had a yellow shading (indicating “Abnormally Dry” conditions). The latest Drought Monitor (below) shows less of the area that’s abnormally dry, but we do need more rain. So, it looks like our daily rain chances are helpful.
Watch Meteorologist Kristin Ketchell tonight on WAVY NEWS 10 and FOX43 for the latest on your forecast.
Enjoy the warmth…and keep the umbrella close!
-Meteorologist Deitra Tate