Toasty temps for Tuesday

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) –The return of warm and humid air into the region combined with some upper-level energy has sparked off some isolated thunderstorms in the area this afternoon. The trend will be for these to fade out after sunset.

Overnight we will see fair skies in the Central Virginia and that will allow for the overnight lows to fall back into the lower to middle 70s. Expect to see a little bit of patchy haze overnight in the region.

Tuesday is going to be a sunny and hot day over us. The air aloft will be warming up to near 70 degrees at 5,000 feet, so that sets us up to have a day where mostly sunny skies are on the way and you can see highs jumping into the middle 90s. I would expect the heat index to approach 100° or a little higher tomorrow.

Forecast Summary

  • Hot and humid Tuesday
  • Cold front to bring storms Wednesday
  • Cooler and drier into the weekend
  • Watching the tropics

Tuesday night a cold front will be on the way in from the west. There could be a few isolated thunderstorms up in the mountains but for the most of us it will be fair to partly cloudy and humid with lows in the middle 70s.

Wednesday that front is going to cross through the area with showers and thunderstorms. The best chance for the boomers will be in eastern and southeastern parts of the state. Highs will warm into the mid 80s to near 90 degrees.

By “Bernier’s Rules of Summer” this front is one day late from the traditional August 22 busting of the heat and humidity but the front will do its job.

Thursday through the weekend will partly cloudy to mostly sunny and highs will only be in the lower to middle 80s. Overnight lows will be dropping back into the upper 50s and the lower 60s.This break from the heat and humidity looks to last into the early part of next week.

In the tropics, two things that I am watching: First is a blob near the Bahamas that may interact with the front after in passes off the coastline and develop and storm in the ocean. No impact on us, but it could affect the swells at the beaches this weekend.

The second area is the remains of what was Tropical Storm Harvey. The cloud pattern is looking more impressive, but there isn’t an organized circulation there. However this storm could regenerate and affect the Texas or Mexico coastline in about five days.

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