Forecast: Perfect last evening of Summer

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — What a gorgeous last day of summer it has been! Tonight we will keep around the mainly clear skies, and only drop to a low of 66 by early tomorrow.

Tomorrow starts off sunny and a bit muggy, but as we warm up into the middle 80s in the afternoon, we’ll strip away the sticky feeling. Even though we get rid of the sticky feeling, it’ll feel a lot more like a summer day than the first day of Fall with a high of 85.

The autumnal equinox is officially at 4:02pm. We have mostly sunny skies through early afternoon, then the threat for a few more clouds in the afternoon thanks to Jose. That’s right, Jose. Tropical Storm Jose that has been out of the area but meandering about very slowly at a nearly stationary pace for days now.

Jose may backtrack a touch tomorrow, and in doing so could briefly bring us a few clouds in the afternoon. The farther that Jose tracks back, the better chance for clouds. Jose will NOT track back to land, but even moving 50-100miles west could spread a few clouds back into the area tomorrow afternoon.

The first weekend of Fall you’ll more likely want to spend at the pool than the pumpkin patch! We have sunny skies both days; 86 on Saturday, 88 on Sunday.

Next week features the same warmth—I don’t see a return to true seasonable weather in the short-term. We have mostly sunny skies and a high of 87 on Monday.

Forecast Summary

  • Clear, calm last night of summer
  • Autumnal Equinox at 4:02pm tomorrow
  • Mostly/partly sunny first day of Fall
  • Sunny & warm weekend
  • Maria stays off coast, but may bring clouds next week

Hurricane Maria will be well off the coast on Monday, but close enough that clouds look to be likely on Tuesday as a result. We’ll still manage to see a high of 85.

Wednesday brings partly to mostly cloudy skies and highs in the middle80s. High pressure builds in as Maria pulls away and we have sunny skies and upper 80s.

MARIA UPDATE: Maria is a category 3 hurricane now back over open water and seeming to re-strengthen a touch with winds of 120mph. Although Maria is not expected to make another landfall, the hurricane’s proximity to both the Dominican Republic and Turks & Caicos will allow for an impact there, with Hurricane warnings in effect for the northern coast of the Dominican, and all of Turks and Caicos.

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