An oxymoron for most folks: a beautiful Monday
Yes, it is Monday. But you have to admit the weather is still gorgeous even though Mondays typically aren’t most folks’ favorite day. As I write this the temperature at the UMW weather station is 68 degrees with a very comfortable dewpoint of 61 and the only clouds showing on the visible satellite image are north of the Mason Dixon line.
Our dry and less humid conditions will erode tonight however as low level moisture begins to creep into the Fredericksburg area. Tomorrow – Tuesday – we could see a few showers or storms as the afternoon progresses, with higher chances of rain as a cold front nears the region on Wednesday. The strong high pressure system over the central U.S. will send a “finger” of hot air in our direction but as shown in this GFS model forecast graphic for Wednesday the truly hot air won’t make it any closer than western Ohio:
We will be rescued from the really hot and sticky stuff by a cold front that looks to drop through our area late Wednesday night. The air behind this next front won’t be as splendidly cool and dry as what we are currently enjoying but it should keep our high temperatures through Labor Day just below the 90 degree level. I realize that after this past weekend a lot of folks might think that several days with high temperatures in the upper 80′s might constitute a heat wave but it won’t be anywhere near that description. If you want to experience a true late summer heat wave head out to the Plains states…the high temperature in Kansas City this week is stuck in the middle and upper 90′s with accompanying high humidity.
Meanwhile the tropics are still relatively quiet, although Tropical Storm Fernand did form in the Gulf of Campeche (southwestern Gulf of Mexico) just before it chugged ashore into Mexico. It will rain itself out – with accompanying flooding – over the mountains of central Mexico over the next couple of days.