Patrick’s forecast: Storms, then sweet relief!

Posted at 3:49 PM, Jul 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-21 16:17:48-04

HEAT ADVISORY in effect for most of Hampton Roads and all of coastal North Carolina until 8pm.

Relief is in sight! A powerful cold front will slowly push across the region tonight, bringing us relief from the brutal heat and humidity. But the swampy weather won’t give up without a fight. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely along and ahead of that front. Our biggest threat will be from some localized flooding. Because the front is moving slowly, any storms that develop will also be slow movers. Some storms could also produce damaging winds and dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning.

A few of the storms may linger into the overnight hours. But we should make up to dry weather, along with lower humidity levels and more comfortable temperatures. Expect highs on Wednesday in the mid-to-upper 80s.

Thursday is looking even milder, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. But a few afternoon showers or storms are also possible. Friday will bring more mild weather, with highs in the mid 80s. And it looks like we’ll be pushing back into the upper 80s and lower 90s for the weekend.

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

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)
1995 Severe Thunderstorm Wind Damage: Somerset Co

Patrick Rockey
NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist

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