First Warning Forecast: Excessive heat and a severe storm threat

Posted at 5:26 AM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 13:26:41-04

KJ's First Warning Forecast

Feeling the heat on this 3rd day of September... Hottest air of the week is being felt across the area today. Highs will reach the mid 90s with a heat index reaching 105 to 110 this afternoon. We will see a mix of mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies today with a “pop-up” shower or storm possible. Strong to severe storms are possible tonight mainly for the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck, and Eastern Shore.

A similar day tomorrow with high heat and humidity - highs will return to the low/mid 90s, but it won't feel as hot with heat index values down to around 100.

Weekend Outlook, a nice weekend weather wise across the board with sunshine and highs in the lower 80s... That's a 10 to 15 degree drop! In addition, less humidity and extremely low rain chances for everyone. Make plans now to enjoy the outdoors without weather delays.

Today: Mostly Sunny to Partly Cloudy. Highs in the mid 90s. Winds: SW 5-10

Tonight: Partly Cloudy, Scattered Showers/Storms. Lows in the upper 70s. Winds: SW 5-10

Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy, Scattered Showers/Storms. Highs in the low 90s. Winds: W/N/E 5-10

Weather & Health

Pollen: Medium-High (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: 9 (Very High)

Air Quality: Moderate (Code Yellow)

Mosquitoes: Extreme

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

September 3rd

1821 Hurricane: One of most violent on record - eye over Norfolk

2003 Flash Flooding: Southeast Virginia

2010 Hurricane Earl: Brushes Outer Banks

Tropical Update

Nana is now a tropical storm over land after making landfall early this Thursday as a hurricane in Belize. Nana will continue to move inland over Guatemala and extreme southeastern Mexico today and tonight. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 45 mph with higher gusts and moving west at 15 mph. Rapid weakening is forecast today and tonight, and Nana will likely become a remnant low on Friday.

Tropical Depression Omar is centered about 335 miles NE of Bermuda and moving east at 13 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is forecast, and Omar is expected to become a remnant low later today or tonight. The remnant low should dissipate on Saturday.

We are still monitoring several areas of low pressure in the open Atlantic and closer to the coast of Africa for potential tropical development.