Are you ready for 80 degrees?
The local airports (Stafford Regional and Shannon) and the UMW weather station all recorded high temperatures in the mid-70s yesterday. But with southerly winds today the official NWS Sterling forecast for Fredericksburg has the thermometer climbing into the mid-80s for this Palm Sunday afternoon. Are you ready for that?
The surface map for 8 p.m. this evening shows the setup affecting our weather:The warm front – the red line – is way up in New England, allowing warm moist air to pump northward from the Gulf of Mexico. That conveyor belt will continue all day Monday ahead of the cold front – the blue line – and multiple surface low pressure centers – red “L”s – draped across the nation’s midsection. Severe weather is expected today over the southern Plains states but that won’t make it here to the ‘Burg.
The overall result for today will be sunny skies and very warm temperatures. Monday will then feature partly sunny conditions with more cloud cover leading to temperatures “only” topping out in the upper 70s. Then rain arrives after dinner tomorrow with perhaps a rumble of thunder overnight. Precipitation will continue most of Tuesday until the cold front clears through the area.
Behind this cold front the work week will turn out to be much cooler than the past several days…but let’s worry about that later. Meanwhile, bring out the shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops!!