AN EXTENDED HEATWAVE SEEMS LIKELY FOR HAMPTON ROADS BEGINNING TUESDAY… ASIDE FROM AN ISOLATED SHOWER OR THUNDERSTORM ON TUESDAY, RAINFALL CHANCES WILL REMAIN LOW MOST OF THE UPCOMING WEEK

A large high pressure ridge over the center of the nation will build eastward a bit expanding the heat that has been plaguing the Central Plains states for several days. This ridge takes up a lot of real estate so the heat will be quite widespread across the eastern two thirds of the nation. The only relief that forecasters see is the possibility of a shower or thunderstorm on Tuesday as a weak frontal boundary approaches. This frontal boundary will wash out. After that it will be just a relentless day to day assault of intense heat and humidity with very low chances of rain. Sometimes in situations like these, disturbances ride the upper-level flow around the periphery of the high pressure ridge causing an occasional round of thunderstorms to move in from the northwest. Forecasters aren’t predicting those storms to affect our region. Instead, they will most likely move north of our region, if they develop at all. The heatwave is likely to last into next weekend and possibly beyond that. So, get ready for the heat and remember to take the necessary precautions to prevent heat stroke.

Note that there is a disturbed area off the Southeast Coast that will have to be watched for tropical cyclone development. The National Hurricane Center gives it a 30% chance to develop into a tropical cyclone.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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