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Heat increasing this weekend

Posted at 5:15 AM, Jul 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-25 22:45:06-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- It will be a warm and humid night, with lows in the upper 60s and low 70s. Just a few clouds will be around, but skies will generally be clear.

The heat will intensify Sunday, with highs into the mid to upper 90s. The heat index will around or just over 100°. Most of the area will be dry, but an isolated storm cannot be ruled out.

Monday and Tuesday will be very hot with highs from 95-100° and a heat index possibly exceeding 105°. An approaching front will bring some scattered storms Tuesday into Wednesday.

Highs will be in the low 90s Wednesday and Thursday, but Friday may end up in the upper 80s. If that’s the case, it would break our recent streak of 90°+ days, which currently stands at 16.

In the tropics: Hurricane Hanna has made landfall on the south Texas coast. It will weaken as it moves southwestward into Mexico. Gonzalo has already weakened and will rain itself out near the Venezuelan coast. We are watching another tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic that is expected to strengthen as it tracks towards the Caribbean this week. Meanwhile, in the Pacific, a Hurricane Warning is in effect for the island of Oahu, including Honolulu. Hurricane Douglas is approaching the Hawaiian islands and will move through Sunday into Monday.

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