It’s a very comfortable start to the new week with temps and dew points hanging out in the 50s and low 60s this morning. Great news for parents wanting to get those first day of school pictures this morning as many more districts open up for the new school year today. There will be quite a few more school busses on the roads this morning so you may need to adjust your morning commute route or budget in some extra time until you get used to the busses being back on the roads and how that impacts your ride.
As high pressure moves off to the east today, winds will shift into the south, dew points will surge, and temps will likely be a touch warmer than they were yesterday. The dew points are starting the day in the 50s and low 60s but will climb well into the 60s to near 70° by later in the day so it may feel quite a bit different (more humid) when you leave work this afternoon than when you leave the house this morning. With the wind shift into the south and the influx of that low level moisture we may see enough of a convergence over the southern Blue Ridge to spark up an isolated shower or t’storm. Most of us will have a mainly sunny day with some extra cloudiness in spots this afternoon with that increase in moisture and southerly flow of wind sending that moisture up the east side of the mountains.
Low pressure will be strengthening over the Ohio Valley tomorrow dragging a cold front toward the region from the west. Temperatures will be quite high, in the low to mid 90s east of the mountains, and dew points will remain quite high, in the upper 60s and low 70s, ahead of the front so the potential for severe weather returns. Currently the SPC has our area under a marginal, slight, and enhanced risk for severe thunderstorms. Damaging winds will be the primary threat in the storms but isolated tornadoes may be possible further to the north toward northern Virginia.
It’s still that time of year that I need to remind folks to please, NEVER leave your kids or pets in the car. The interior of your car will heat up extremely quickly and reach dangerous, if not deadly, levels in a very short period of time. If you want to take the dog for a car ride than make it a dedicated ride for them, don’t stop for groceries or to pick something up. It only takes a few minutes for the temperature in your vehicle to reach those dangerous levels. If you have a small child be sure you double check the back seat when you get out.
Meteorologist Jason Caterina
Follow us on facebook: www.facebook.com/wfxrnews
Follow me on facebook : www.facebook.com/jasoncaterinameteorologist
And twitter: @jasoncaterina