A WET PERIOD IS LIKELY FOR THE HAMPTON ROADS AREA THROUGH TUESDAY AS A FRONTAL BOUNDARY STALLS TO OUR SOUTH… TEMPERATURES WILL BE MUCH COOLER ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY AS WINDS TURN TO THE NORTH AND NORTHEAST… DRIER AND WARMER WEATHER IS EXPECTED LATER NEXT WEEK

Parts of the area had some showers overnight Friday night but the big rains are coming Sunday and Monday. A frontal system will slowly move through Hampton Roads today (Saturday) and our winds will shift to the north later this afternoon. After a warm and muggy start with some sunshine, temperatures will drop once the front comes through later today. Showers and thunderstorms may accompany the frontal passage this afternoon and evening and there is a small chance of severe storms in some localized areas. Large hail and strong winds are the primary concerns. Then, low pressure is expected to develop along the frontal boundary that will stall to our south. This low will move very slowly and  will keep us in a wet weather pattern possibly through Tuesday. Some heavy rain is possible Sunday and Monday. The exact timing of the heaviest rain is not certain. No flood watches have been issued by the NWS as of this writing due to anticipated breaks in the rainfall. However, localized flooding is possible with any heavy rainstorm that may develop. The low pressure area will be slow to move away on Tuesday and Wednesday. Drier and warmer conditions are expected later next week.

We already had our first tropical cyclone develop in the North Atlantic basin even though we are over five weeks before the official start of hurricane season, which is June 1st. Tropical Storm Arlene developed at a relatively high latitude and was no threat to land.

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

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