A BERMUDA HIGH IS GOING TO KEEP PUMPING IN THE HEAT FOR SEVERAL MORE DAYS… WE MAY SEE SOME RELIEF LATER NEXT WEEK

This past week was a very warm week for Hampton Roads. There were a couple of isolated showers/storms but some areas did not see significant rain. My neighborhood actually received a very brief shower this past Thursday, which produced a quick quarter of an inch of rain in my backyard. Some localities received heavier rain earlier in the week, but again, it was very isolated in nature.

There’s not much of a chance of rain this weekend as the Bermuda High is in complete control of our weather. High pressure means sinking air, which inhibits those towering cumulonimbus clouds that bring us rain at this time of year. However, it is possible in some spots to see a shower/storm, but it is highly unlikely in any given location. Sometimes, sea breeze boundaries can cause the lift necessary to create a shower storm, but forecasters don’t anticipate much in the way of any sea breezes today. The clockwise flow around the Bermuda High has been producing a very broad southwesterly flow of air. The high pressure area is refusing to budge so we will see a continuation of the same conditions through Tuesday or Wednesday. With high temperatures in the mid-nineties and dew points in the mid-seventies this weekend, conditions should meet Heat Advisory levels. Try to stay hydrated at all times and make sure you know the signs of heat related illnesses.

Hopefully, by Thursday, a cool front will get close enough to bring some relief from the heat but there is very little certainty to the extended forecast. The computer models have been delaying any breakdown or movement of the Bermuda High.

There have been flooding rains in parts of the Gulf Coast region as a persistent low pressure system has dumped copious amounts of rain in that area. Louisiana was hard hit the past several days and areas further east received a deluge earlier in the week. The Florida panhandle was hit very hard. This system is very much like the remnants of a tropical cyclone.  Rain/storms have extended to the north around the periphery of the Bermuda High extending into the Northeast.

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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