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Humidity returns but real heat stays west

If you haven’t noticed(!) the humidity has returned to Fredericksburg. Even though daily high temperatures haven’t yet soared back to July’s normal upper 80s the dewpoints have climbed to the sticky 70 degree mark. Fortunately today’s clouds will keep temperatures slightly below normal once again with the thermometer only climbing to the mid-80s.

A sinuous surface front – the same one that brought our cool air last week – is stalled across eastern North Carolina and waves of low pressure are “surfing” along it. That setup is bringing rain to areas south of I-64 right now and could provide the ‘Burg with a few showers and storms this afternoon. Rainfall amounts will be light up this way while the heavier stuff stays further south.

Tomorrow – Tuesday – will be sunnier around the ‘Burg but the penalty for that will be higher temperatures to go along with the stickiness. Both Tuesday and Wednesday we’ll flirt with the 90 degree mark for highs before the next cold front opens the door to cooler and dryer air late this week. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post the overall weather pattern hasn’t really deviated from this past autumn and winter. Thus the real heat is locked up over the western U.S. while we remain at or below normal temperatures this summer.

The rain to our south will be good news for portions of the Old Dominion that have become pretty dry per this Drought Monitor graphic:VA drought conditionsThe yellow shading highlights “abnormally dry” conditions while the tan shades creeping into far southwestern parts of Virginia shows “moderate drought”. Crop and livestock farmers would welcome a decent rainfall about now.

Happy Monday!!

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