First Warning Forecast: Warm and comfortable now, but it won’t last long

Posted at 12:47 PM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 12:47:04-04

Warm and comfortable now, but it won’t last long….Enjoy this warm, comfortable weather while it lasts because our temperatures are going up by the end of the week.

High pressure will continue to control our weather over the next few days, giving way to sunshine and a big break from the extreme heat. In fact, as we move through our Tuesday afternoon, expect abundant sunshine. Highs will be in the low to mid 80s. However, with a northeasterly flow, it won’t feel as humid. Tonight, we’ll see mostly clear skies across the area. Low temperatures will dip into the mid and upper 60s.

On Wednesday, we’re expecting more fantastic weather out there. We’ll see plenty of sunshine with highs in the low to mid 80s. Rain chances will remain low, even as we go into Thursday. Highs will be in the mid and upper 80s. The temps will climb to around 90 by Friday. Still, we’ll see a lot of sun.

By the weekend, we’ll see a mix of sun and clouds. For now, rain chances are at 20 percent. Highs will be in the mid and upper 80s.

Today: Mostly Sunny. Cooler. Highs in the low 80s. Winds: NE 5-15 mph.

Tonight: Mainly Clear and Mild. Lows in the upper 60s. Winds: E 5-10 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly Sunny and Warm. Highs in the low to mid 80s. Winds: NE/E 5-10 mph.

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Moderate-High (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: 9 (Very High)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Tropical Update

Tropical Storm Gaston continues gaining strength in the eastern tropical Atlantic. Gaston is about 685 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands and moving WNW at 21 mph. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is likely and Gaston should become a hurricane later today. As of now, Gaston is no threat to land.

11:00 AM AST Tue Aug 23

Location: 13.8°N 34.6°W

Moving: WNW at 21 mph

Min pressure: 1002 mb

Max sustained: 65 mph

Fiona has weakened to a post-tropical cyclone about 430 miles south of Bermuda. The leftovers of this system will continue to drift generally NW over the next few days.

We are also watching a tropical wave located about 300 miles east of the Leeward Islands. Environmental conditions are somewhat conducive for development of this system during the next couple of days while it moves west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph near the northern Leeward Islands and the Greater Antilles. This system will likely continue toward Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and the southeastern and central Bahamas later this week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours: Medium (50%)

* Formation chance through 5 days: Medium (60%)


Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

1933 Hurricane: major hurricane for VA, extensive damage, flooding

1974 F1 Tornado: Worcester Co

1983 F1 Tornado: Fluvanna Co

Dominic Brown
First Warning Meteorologist
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