Heat and Humidity Increasing

Showers and Storms Possible Friday
Posted at 5:08 AM, Apr 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-28 06:57:26-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Today will be mostly sunny and hot, with highs in the mid to upper 80s. A few locations could reach the 90-degree mark for the first time this year. Thursday will be hot and also noticeably more humid, as persistent southwesterly winds transport Gulf moisture into the region.

Showers and a few thunderstorms will be possible Friday as a seasonally strong cold front moves through Virginia. Cooler conditions are expected Saturday as high pressure settles into the region behind the front.

Recent model trends are leaning toward a more northward progression of low pressure out of the Gulf this weekend, bringing a chance of rain to the area Sunday. Monday appears to be mostly dry, but another cold front could bring more rain to the area next Tuesday.

The Sunday through Tuesday forecast period has changed significantly, at least by medium range model guidance, and only minor changes will be made at this point pending consistency in subsequent model solutions. In other words, don’t change or cancel any plans just yet.

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