First Warning Forecast: From near-record highs to wet, windy and cool conditions

Posted at 1:35 PM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 13:35:45-04

From near-record highs to wet, windy and cool conditions….Get ready for a shock to the system! We’re tracking big changes in our forecast.

As we move through this Thursday afternoon, expect a mix of sun and clouds. Most of the afternoon will be dry. High temperatures will climb to near-record highs. The current record in Norfolk is 82. We’re forecasting highs in the lower 80s today. Then, later tonight, a cold front will move in from the northwest. That front will spread a few scattered showers and possibly a rumble of thunder our way. Best rain chances will arrive late this evening through the overnight. Lows will be in the 60s. Our winds will pick up from the north tonight, too. In fact, winds will blow in from the north between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts up to 25.

A few early morning showers are possible Friday, mainly for the early commute. However, as we move through the day, skies will gradually clear, giving way to a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will hover around the upper 50s and lower 60s through the day. Our winds will continue to stay strong from the north between 15 and 25 mph, with gusts up to 30.

This weekend, we’ll see dry conditions. In fact, we’re forecasting plenty of sunshine for both Saturday and Sunday. Highs will be in the upper 50s on Saturday. By Sunday, highs will climb into the mid 60s. Then next week, expect mild weather right into Election Day.

This Afternoon: Sun & Clouds. Warm. Highs in the low 80s. Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy. Scattered Showers (50%), Windy. Lows in the upper 50s and low 60s. Winds: SW/N 10-20 mph, gusts to 25 mph.

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

Saturday: Mostly Sunny and Cool. Highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s. Winds: N 5-10 mph.

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Low (Ragweed)

UV Index: 4 (Moderate)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Moderate

Tropical Update

A non-tropical area of low pressure located about 1000 miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands continues to produce gale-force winds and widespread cloudiness and showers over the central Atlantic.  This system could acquire some subtropical characteristics late Friday or Saturday while it moves 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…10%

Formation chance through 5 days…low…20%


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