Expect a quiet pattern heading into the long holiday weekend as high pressure has taken over the region. Plenty of sunshine and much cooler weather than the end of August as highs will be in the low 80s and upper 70s. The nighttime hours are expected to be on the cool side with highs in the 40s and 50s.
Rainfall for the month of August was a couple inches above normal and our temperatures were 3 to 1 above normal (23 to 7 with one on point).
Looks like the region will be in this benign regime until the middle of the holiday weekend. Sunday there is a chance for us to see some showers, but mainly over the mountains. The rain may have a tough time making it past the Blue Ridge Parkway, if it gets there at all. After that, Monday, Labor Day, will be a mix of clouds and sun and temps in the middle 80s.
Heading into the short work week, Wednesday will see a cold front cross the Commonwealth and some rain is expected. Not much of a cool down after the front but it does look to be sunny and dry into the next weekend.
The recent rain has allowed us to drop a bit of in our Abnormally Dry area as well as our Moderate Drought area. Of note, this is from a period ending early Tuesday, before Ida.
As for the tropics, we are keeping an eye on Larry as our 5th hurricane of the season has developed.
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