Wednesday’s First Warning Forecast: Cool today but a warm up ahead

Posted at 4:52 AM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 10:57:13-04

Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast

Cool again today but warmer ahead… Expect highs in the low to mid 80s today, just below normal for this time of year. Dew point values will remain in the low 60s and upper 50s. We will see plenty of sunshine this morning with clouds building near the coast this afternoon. A stray shower is possible but overall rain chances remain very slim.

Heat and humidity return by the end of the work week. Highs will climb back into the mid 80s on Thursday and to near 90 on Friday. As temperatures go up, so will the dew points, making it feel very muggy again. Heat index values will return to near 100 by Friday afternoon. Expect more sunshine and low rain chances through the end of the week.

Today: Mostly Sunny to Partly Cloudy. Highs in the low to mid 80s. Winds: NE/E 5-10

Tonight: A Few Clouds. Lows in the upper 60s. Winds: SE/S 5-10

Tomorrow: Mostly Sunny, Warmer. Highs in the mid 80s. Winds: S 5-10

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Moderate-High (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: 9 (Very High)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Tropical Update

Gaston remains as a tropical storm, for now. Gaston is about 1020 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands and moving NW at 16 mph. Maximum sustained winds remain near 65 mph with higher gusts. Although Gaston could become a hurricane today, some weakening is forecast on Thursday. As of now, Gaston is no threat to land and is expected to track east of Bermuda.

11:00 AM AST Wed Aug 24

Location: 16.1°N 39.4°W

Moving: NW at 16 mph

Min pressure: 999 mb

Max sustained: 65 mph

We are also watching a tropical wave over the northern Leeward Islands. Although environmental conditions are currently only marginally conducive for additional development, this system could become a tropical depression at any time during the next few days while it moves WNW at about 15 mph across the northern Leeward Islands, near Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, and the Bahamas.

* Formation chance through 48 hours: Medium (60%)

* Formation chance through 5 days: High (80%)

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Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

August 24th

1635 First written reference to a hurricane off the Virginia coast

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