Heating up again, Dorian downgraded


Humid and hot conditions ahead, Dorian moving north today

An area of high pressure is located over the region and that will help to keep the skies relatively clear and the temps warming up.  Normal high for this time of year is around 83 east of the Blue Ridge, expect temps to be near or above 90 most locations Wednesday.  There will be an introduction of some moisture as well, so humidity levels will rise and “feels like” temps should be in the middle 90s.  A cold front slides through on Wednesday evening and may bring some rain to the mountains.  Cooler air also arrives on Thursday as highs will top out in the 70s.  This is all ahead of Dorian and the impact he will have on the region.

Dorian is expected to stay a Category 2 storm as he moves north along the coast of Florida then follow the coastline through Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.  Although not expected to make landfall on US soil, it will hug the coast and generate high winds, plenty of rain and a dangerous storm surge all the way from Florida to the Delmarva Peninsula.  As for our viewing area, we may see some rain and gusty winds in our eastern counties of Appomattox, Campbell, Charlotte, Pittsylvania and Halifax.  The winds will be in the 20 – 30 mph range and the rain should be in the less than 1” category. 

Once the threat of Dorian exits late Thursday or Friday (still tough to call) we will be looking at a pleasant and warm weekend.  Sunny, dry and temps above normal by a couple degrees Saturday and Sunday.

All this is subject to change if the path of Dorian changes dramatically to include an inland track.  Current thinking has him staying just along the shoreline and heading into the open waters of the Atlantic past Hatteras.

Stay safe.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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