Classic weather is forecast for Hampton Roads this weekend – we’ll be sailing into the 70s this afternoon to bring temperatures back down to the 40s tomorrow, all with much needed rain in between. The approach of a cold front is the reason for the wacky weather this weekend.
Areas of fog dissipate throughout the morning and clouds pass over the course of the day. We will notice the breeze picking up from the southwest, easily blowing over 25mph this afternoon. This should raise our temperatures (despite the cloud cover) to the low in the mid 70’s. We will be approaching a record, the record for this date is 75 ° down in 1971.
This unusual and troublesome heat is just a pre-cold front, as a strong cold front approaches the region today. It has proven to be a devastating and deadly weather factor for many in the central United States, but the threat of severe weather is expected to diminish as the front reaches us. One or two thunderstorms are not to be ruled out, if not, expect a well-deserved rain, with a few showers, to move in after 8 or 9 p.m. tonight.
Windy rain continues through the night and early Sunday morning as the front crosses the area. The rain should recede just after sunrise as the dry, cold air enters. Expect lots of sun tomorrow afternoon, but the high temperatures will only be in the 40s! We are far from what will be this afternoon.
High pressure will build up behind this front, giving us a period of calm and good time. Look for plenty of sun for the upcoming work week with gradual warming up at the end of the week. Temperatures are expected to rebound in the 1960s by midweek.
Until then, buckle up and enjoy the weather roller coaster this weekend.
Meteorologist Steve Fundaro