Drying out tonight as we return to warm and dry on Friday


DISCUSSION:  Though a cold front brought some much needed showers to the area today, it will exit the region quickly tonight. High pressure looks to take over tonight, which will help us dry up fast. Most of the cloud cover should start to clear up quickly tonight as well as winds become pretty light. There shouldn’t be too much to watch for besides for a few spots of fog late tonight. Lows will be chilly, in the low 50s.

A bit chilly, but dry tonight.

On Friday we will see the return of sunshine alongside more warm and dry weather once again. Highs will be able to climb into the low 80s by the afternoon. Low humidity will be with us though, so it shouldn’t feel too bad outside. By the time our high school football games kick off in the evening, temperatures will be in the low 70s and 60s, and it’s looking like another great night for some competitive games in the 2 Virginias.

Warmth back in time for Friday.

With another strong ridge of high pressure building in this weekend, dry weather and high temperatures in the mid 80s are looking likely during the period. Any showers we do see through the weekend will not impact many people. The newest drought monitor now includes our entire viewing area under the moderate drought.

Long range guidance is keeping us very warm even into parts of next week. Highs will continue to make a run at the 80s each day until we get some cooler air to break the pattern. Some models are showing a stronger wave of energy bringing that cooler air in at some point towards the middle to end of the week, though it is too far out to determine the exact timing or impacts we will see from it. Regardless, it will be nice to receive whatever rain and cooler air we can get.

More heat through the end of September.

Karen continues to spin as a tropical storm well north of Puerto Rico today, and is expected to weaken into a depression as it slowly moves to the east in the coming days. Hurricane Lorenzo is now pretty stout storm, though the current track takes it north before it gets anywhere close to the Americas.

Hurricane Lorenzo’s latest track.
Expected Peak For Fall Colors

Fall colors are starting to appear across the region. We are still a ways out from peak color, but you may notice leaves changing already. Most of the area will see peak colors by mid or late October. The further north you head, the quicker leaves change. With the dry spell we’ve been dealing with leaves can potentially fall before they even reach their peak colors, so some spots could be lackluster this year.

10 Day Forecast.

Drying up fast. Lows in the low 50s.
Mostly dry. Highs in the mid 80s.
Staying pretty quiet with an isolated shower possible. Highs in the mid 80s.
Still looking quiet with an isolated rain chance. Highs in the 80s.
Isolated showers possible, otherwise dry. Highs in the 80s.
Drying back out completely. Highs in the mid 80s.
Still dry. Highs in the low 80s.
Looking unsettled. Highs in the 70s.
Looking dry. Highs in the 70s.

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