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A little cooler Sunday, Tropical Storm Arthur forms

Posted at 5:02 AM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 23:53:13-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Our sunrises are now before 6 a.m. Click here for more info about how long this lasts and the amount of daylight we will continue to gain over the next month.

It will stay mild overnight with a few showers and thunder to our west, due to a front that has moved into the area. Lows will be in the upper 50s and low 60s.

That front will hang out across central Virginia on Sunday. Skies will be variably cloudy, and a few scattered showers may pop up again, particularly to the west of Richmond. Highs will be in the upper 70s in the metro, but will range from the low 70s near the coast and in northern VA, to some mid 80s southwest.

Tropical Storm Arthur has formed east of the Florida coast, the first storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season (which officially doesn’t begin until June 1st). This will bring rain, gusty winds and high surf to the NC coast and north to Virginia Beach on Monday. The storm will push some moisture into our area, which when combined with moisture streaming in from the southwest (from an upper low) could bring the potential for some heavy rain on Tuesday.

The tropical storm will gradually move away from the East Coast, but the upper level low will linger nearby for the rest of the week. This will keep the threat of scattered mainly afternoon/evening showers and thunderstorms in the forecast through at least Friday. Tuesday and Wednesday will be quite a bit cooler, but warmer air will return later in the week.

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