Patrick’s VIPIR forecast: The worst is almost here!

Posted at 3:50 PM, Jul 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-07 20:29:37-04

*** A Flood Warning is in effect for the Blackwater River above Franklin. The river is expected to rise to near 10.9 feet after midnight tonight. Flood stage is 10.8 feet. Minor flooding is expected.

The worst is almost here! The worst is almost here! July 8th is an important weather milestone in Hampton Roads. That's when, historically, we start our hottest period of the year. From July 8th to July 23rd, our normal high temperature is 88 degrees and our normal low temperature is 72 degrees. On July 24th, our normal high drops a degree and we continue to see our normal high temperatures ease through the rest of the year.

Unfortunately, it looks like we're going to start that period much warmer than normal. Expect highs on Wednesday in the mid-to-upper 90s, as an area of low pressure pumps in a steamy air mass. But that high will also block any organized storm systems. That means we could see a few storms, but don't expect a big cold front to arrive until at least the weekend.

Temperatures ease a bit on Thursday and a little more on Friday. We'll see a 20-25% chance for storms each day.

And the weekend is looking pretty pleasant, at least by July standards, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s with a 10-15% chance for storms in the afternoon.

Weather & Health for Wednesday
Pollen: Low-Moderate (Grasses)
UV Index: Very High
Air Quality: Moderate
Mosquitoes: Very High

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)
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Patrick Rockey
NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist

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