First Warning Forecast: Near-record heat is on the way but not for long

Posted at 12:57 PM, Nov 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-02 12:57:01-04

Near-record heat is on the way but not for long….Brace yourself! We have some big temperature swings on the way.

As we move through our Wednesday afternoon, expect mostly sunny skies across Hampton Roads and Northeastern North Carolina as high pressure builds over the area. Southwest winds will help our temperatures climb into the mid 70s today. Tonight, we’re expecting mostly clear skies. Areas of patchy fog may develop late. Low temperatures will cool into the upper 50s.

Near-record heat is expected on Thursday. The current record high in Norfolk is 82 degrees. That record was set in 1950. Right now, we’re forecasting highs in the lower 80s on Thursday, so get ready for quite a warm up. We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds during the day. Then, later in the evening, a cold front will approach the area from the west. This front will spread a few scattered showers our way late Thursday into early Friday morning. An isolated thunderstorm is not out of the question. As we move through the day on Friday, we’ll see clearing skies, but you will notice a dramatic difference with our temperatures. Strong northerly winds will usher in highs in the lower 60s on Friday. Winds will blow in from the north between 15 and 25 mph, with gusts to 30 mph or so.

This weekend, we’ll see plenty of sunshine. Highs will be in the upper 50s on Saturday, then warm into the mid 60s by Sunday. Next week, more temperature swings are expected with highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s, right into Election Day.

This Afternoon: Mostly Sunny. Warmer. Highs in the mid 70s. Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Tonight: Mostly Clear and Cool. Lows in the upper 50s. Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Thursday: Patchy AM Fog. Then, Sun and Clouds. PM Showers (40%). Even Warmer. Highs in the low 80s. Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Friday: Lingering AM Shower (20%). Then, Clearing Skies. Cool and Windy. Highs in the low 60s. Winds: N 15-25 mph, gusts to 30 mph.

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Low (Ragweed)

UV Index: 3 (Moderate)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Moderate

Tropical Update

A broad non-tropical area of low pressure located a few hundred miles east-northeast of the northern Lesser Antilles is producing widespread cloudiness and showers.  Although this system is expected to strengthen into a non-tropical gale over the central Atlantic within the next day or so, it could acquire some subtropical characteristics late this week or this weekend while it moves northward or north-northeastward over the north-central Atlantic.  Additional information on this system can be found in High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.

Formation chance through 48 hours…low…near 0 percent

Formation chance through 5 days…low…20 percent


Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

1966 F3 Tornado; Richmond Co, F2 Tornado: Nottoway Co, Brunswick Co

2007 Tropical Storm/Hurricane Noel moves up the east coast bringing winds to the coast of 35-50mph

Dominic Brown
First Warning Meteorologist
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