Wednesday’s First Warning Forecast: A warm and muggy end to the week

Posted at 5:00 AM, Aug 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-16 12:33:06-04

Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast

More sunshine and lower rain chances… The stationary front that brought us the soggy weather early this week will drop to the south and fizzle out today. We will see a nice mix of sun and clouds today with more clouds in the morning and more sun in the afternoon. An isolated shower is possible but overall rain chances will be slim. It will be warm and muggy again today with highs in the mid 80s. It will feel more like the mid 90s this afternoon.

Hurricane Gert will continue to move away from the VA and NC coasts today but will still kick up rough surf and a high risk for rip currents.

Thursday will look and feel a lot like today. We will see a nice mix of sun and clouds with slim rain chances. Highs will warm slightly into the upper 80s but with the humidity it will feel more like the mid 90s. Highs will climb into the 90s on Friday with afternoon heat index values near 100. We are tracking a cold front that will bring in showers and storms later Friday and into Saturday.

Today: Partly Sunny, Isolated Showers (20%). Highs in the mid 80s. Winds: N/E 5-10

Tonight: Partly Cloudy, Muggy. Lows in the mid 70. Winds: E/S 5-10

Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy, Isolated Showers (20%). Highs in the upper 80s. Winds: SE 5-10

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Moderate-High (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: 10 (Very High)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Tropical Update

Hurricane Gert moving away from the east coast and Bermuda. Hurricane Gert is centered about 355 miles north of Bermuda and moving NE at 25 mph. An even faster motion toward the northeast or ENE is expected through early Friday. Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is possible later today or tonight, but Gert is likely to begin weakening on Thursday. Gert should become an extratropical low by Thursday night.Swells generated by Gert will continue to impact the east coast today. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

11:00 AM AST Wed Aug 16

Location: 37.4°N 65.7°W

Moving: NE at 25 mph

Min pressure: 975 mb

Max sustained: 90 mph

We are watching three areas of low pressure from the central tropical Atlantic to the coast of Africa. They are all showing some signs of potential development as they move generally west.

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Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

August 16th

1996 Severe Thunderstorms: Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Cumberland Co – Hail 0.75-1.00″

2000 Severe Thunderstorms: East Central Virginia – Hail 0.75″-2.00″

2007 Thunderstorms…Wind damage across Goochland, Powhatan, Amelia, Louisa, parts of Chesterfield & Henrico Co.

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