Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast
Heating up before storms move in… We will start with plenty of sunshine this morning and temperatures near 70. Highs will climb to near 90 this afternoon, about 5 degrees warmer than yesterday. Clouds will start to build in this afternoon as a cold front approaches. A few isolated showers are possible this afternoon and evening but rain chances will climb overnight.
Expect mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers and storms Wednesday as the cold front moves through. Strong to severe storms are possible with gusty winds and heavy downpours. Highs will slip into the low 80s tomorrow afternoon.
Cooler air will move in behind the front for the end of the week. Highs will drop into the mid 70s by Thursday. A few showers will linger into early Thursday morning but we will return to sunshine by the afternoon. Expect plenty of sunshine and 70s on Friday.
Today: Mostly Sunny to Partly Cloudy, Isolated Showers (20%). Highs near 90. Winds: SW 10-15
Tonight: Partly to Mostly Cloudy, Isolated Showers (20%). Lows in the low 70s. Winds: SW 5-15
Tomorrow: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers/Storms (70%). Highs in the low 80s. Winds: SW 5-15
Weather & Health
Pollen: Moderate-High (Ragweed, Grasses)
UV Index: 8 (Very High)
Air Quality: Moderate (Code Yellow)
Mosquitoes: Very High
Potentially catastrophic category 5 Hurricane Irma heading toward the Leeward Islands. Irma is centered about 225 miles east of Antigua and moving west and 14 mph. On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma is forecast to move over portions of the northern Leeward Islands tonight and early Wednesday. Then continue tracking NW over the next few days.
Reports from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds are near 180 mph with higher gusts. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles.
11:00 AM AST Tue Sep 5
Location: 16.8°N 58.4°W
Moving: W at 14 mph
Min pressure: 931 mb
Max sustained: 180 mph
The tenth tropical storm of the season forms over the open Atlantic. Tropical Storm Jose is centered about 1505 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and moving WNW at 13 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Jose could become a hurricane by Friday.
11:00 AM AST Tue Sep 5
Location: 12.3°N 39.1°W
Moving: WNW at 13 mph
Min pressure: 1008 mb
Max sustained: 40 mph
Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)
1935 Hurricane: caused tornadoes, major flooding
1979 F3 Tornado: Newport News, F2 Tornado: Hampton, F1 Tornado: Gloucester Co
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