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First Warning Forecast: More sunshine and a midweek warm up

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Posted at 5:10 AM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 11:12:13-04

Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast

More sunshine and a warm up… Expect another cool morning with 40s inland and 50s closer to the coast. Temperatures will reach the mid 70s this afternoon, just a few degrees warmer than yesterday. We will see mostly sunny skies today with light SW winds.

Wednesday will be the warmest day of the week. Highs will climb into the low 80s with lots of sun. It will be windy tomorrow with SW winds at 10 to 15 and gusts to near 20 mph. Sunshine will continue but cooler air will return for the end of the week. Highs will drop to the low 70s on Thursday and upper 60s on Friday.

We are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Delta. It is expected to make landfall near Louisiana on Friday. The storm will weaken over land, but the moisture will spread over the Southeast. We could see rain from the leftovers of this system this weekend to early next week.

Today: Mostly Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. Winds: SW 5-10

Tonight: Mainly Clear. Lows near 60. Winds: SW 5-10

Tomorrow: Mostly Sunny, Windy. Highs in the low 80s. Winds: SW 10-15

Weather & Health

Pollen: Low (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: 5 (Moderate)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: High

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

October 6th

1957 Heavy Rain: 3.95" Richmond

Tropical Update
Delta strengthens to a major (category 3) hurricane. Delta is centered about 120 miles SW of Grand Cayman and moving WNW at 16 mph. On the forecast track, the center of Delta is expected to continue to pass southwest of the Cayman Islands through early this afternoon and move over the northeastern portion of the Yucatan peninsula late tonight or early Wednesday. Delta is forecast to move over the southern Gulf of Mexico Wednesday afternoon, and approach the U.S. Gulf Coast on Friday.

Reports from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 115 mph with higher gusts. Delta is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours, and Delta is forecast to be a category 4 hurricane when it reaches the Yucatan peninsula Wednesday. Although some weakening is likely when Delta moves over the Yucatan peninsula, re-strengthening is forecast when the hurricane moves over the southern Gulf of Mexico.

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