A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM DEVELOPING OFFSHORE WILL MAKE FOR A TRICKY FORECAST FOR HAMPTON ROADS THIS WEEKEND… AFTER A BRIEF WARM UP ON SUNDAY, COOLER WEATHER SHOULD FOLLOW NEXT WEEK
The current weather map has a high pressure area east of New England and a stationary front draped across the Northern Gulf Coast to the Atlantic coastal waters off of Florida. The clockwise flow around the high pressure area is creating an onshore flow today (Saturday). Low pressure is forecast to develop off the Southeast Coast and it is expected to move northeastward this weekend well offshore. Right now, the only effects that meteorologists are expecting here in Hampton Roads from this system are just a few showers or sprinkles with the highest chances along the coastal areas. Waves will be increasing along with a high risk for rip currents. Clouds will most likely dominate the skies on Saturday. If the current forecast holds, we should see improving weather on Sunday as the low moves away. Temperatures may be higher on Sunday as there should be more sunshine and the winds will be blowing offshore. Could the low pressure area come closer to the coast and bring us more rain than predicted? The computer models seem to agree that the system will pass too far offshore to create any significant rainfall. The Outer Banks may see some significant rainfall as that area is closer to the storm system. A cold front may bring us a shower on Monday but again rain chances won’t be that high. Cooler weather should follow for the remainder of the week along with dry conditions for the most part… The tropical Atlantic is quiet for now.