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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One more active weather day today

UPDATE: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect through 9 p.m.

This visible satellite image will get even busier as the day goes on but for now it suffices to show what will affect Fredericksburg’s weather today:

1145Z vis satell imageThe blue line delineates the cold front that is pressing in from the west. This will bring heavy rain and more chances for severe storms this afternoon and evening per the Storm Prediction Center. Behind this boundary Friday’s air will be cooler and dryer for a refreshing Fourth of July.

The now-Hurricane Arthur is pointed out by the white arrow. It is forecast to strike the Outer Banks of North Carolina directly as at least a Category One hurricane. Indirectly it will affect the ‘Burg today as it helps squeeze out more moisture via an outer rainband indicated by the orange arrows. This feature is moving northward and over time will reinforce the heavy rainfall expected in Fredericksburg. In fact the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch starting at 1 pm today and lasting until after midnight tonight.

Meanwhile today’s high temperature will once again top out in the low 90s with accompanying dewpoints in the mid-70s. This means another day of hot and humid conditions during which it would be wise to drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks if you are working or playing outside. Oh, and you might want to work extra hard on your patience today as the holiday weekend traffic swells. The heat and humidity won’t help anyone’s outlook on life today!