By Chris White

Weather Blog: Since Fredericksburg resides "in the seam" between the Richmond VA and Washington DC media markets this blog is a look at the weather from a Fredericksburg-centric point of view.

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Summer weather enters the picture

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Remember the low dewpoints and cool morning temperatures of this past weekend around Fredericksburg? You can kiss them good goodbye for at least a week or so as more typical summer weather has arrived. An almost stationary upper air ridge is overhead which is essentially a “bubble” of hot air created as the jet stream pushes northward. The overall effect is to divert the main storm track – and cooler air – toward the Canadian border as shown in this upper air model graphic:

gfsUS_500_avort_012The red arrow indicates the ridge – the bulge northward – that will create high pressure over us while the blue arrow over the West Coast illustrates a trough.Ā Disturbances moving along the jet stream eastward will thus ride up and over our ridge. That means other than popup afternoon and evening thunderstorms there is little or no chance of an organized rain system for several days.

Starting today temperatures will top out in the low to mid-90s with morning lows only dipping to the 70-degree mark. Since this is our first extended bout with such weather this year it would be prudent to mention some hot weather tips like drinking much more water than usual, taking frequent breaks while working outdoors, and using plenty of sunscreen to avoid sunburns. (Oh, and if you can park your vehicle in the shade that would help as well!)

Yes, it will be hot and sticky but no, you won’t melt into a protoplasmic puddle when you step outside. It’s summer in Fredericksburg…what else did you expect? :)