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Some heat but another cold front is on the way

I hope you enjoyed the bonus holiday weekend weather. Dry air and cooler than average temperatures helped make Fredericksburg’s 2014 Independence Day outdoor festivities much more enjoyable than past years. Now, however, we’re back to summertime reality with the return of heat and humidity to the forecast.

Today – Monday – the afternoon highs will soar as gusty southwesterly winds pull Gulf of Mexico heat and moisture northward. The ‘Burg will see thermometers rising into the mid-90s, 8-10 degrees higher than yesterday, while dewpoints climb back into the sticky upper 60s. Sunny skies will prevail today and tonight.

By dawn on Tuesday morning low temperatures will only drop to near the 70 degree mark. Tomorrow’s high temperatures will rise back into the mid-90s once again and the dewpoints will continue to increase. The resulting heat index Tuesday could top 100 degrees for a very uncomfortable day. The proximity of a cold front over the Ohio valley will help trigger some scattered afternoon thunderstorms tomorrow with a better chance of storms Tuesday night. (That same front could fire up some severe storms Wednesday but we’ll look more closely at that in a later blogpost.)

The good news is that the passage of this front will help cool things back down by late in the work week. And, as this Climate Prediction Center graphic shows, the above average heat looks like it will mostly stay out of the Fredericksburg vicinity through mid-July:610temp.new(For comparison purposes high temperatures in Fredericksburg average 88 degrees for most of July.)

Take heed of the heat and humidity and stay safe!

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