WARMER WEATHER MOVES INTO HAMPTON ROADS… HURRICANE IGOR WEAKENS A BIT BUT IS STILL A POWERFUL STORM… JULIA BECOMES A HURRICANE IN THE EASTERN NORTH ATLANTIC

Anyone taking an off-season vacation here in Virginia Beach this week is going to enjoy summer-like weather without the high humidity. Lots of sunshine and temperatures in the 80’s will make for great beach days this week. Of course, folks venturing in the ocean will have to be mindful of the increasing rip tide threat as the swells from Hurricane Igor approach the east coast. More on Igor later… A cold front will pass through the area without much fanfare and due to down sloping winds, temperatures will not be that cool behind the front. The weather here in the east is quite benign which is typical for this time of year. I don’t see any major changes for the remainder of the week. Cooler weather is possible this weekend. Meanwhile, Hurricane Igor is churning west-northwestward and it is expected to begin it’s turn to the northwest which may result in stormy conditions for the tiny island of Bermuda. The worst case scenario would be if the hurricane moves just west of the island. This track would put the island in the right front quadrant of the hurricane. The maximum sustained winds have dropped from 150 MPH to 135 MPH as of this morning. Julia has become a hurricane in the Eastern North Atlantic. This storm is not expected to be a threat to any land area. Forecasters are watching another area of concern in the Caribbean.

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