StormTracker 8: Sunny & Dry


RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) – A few clouds will be around this morning, but quickly mostly sunny skies will return to the region and it will be a very nice day with highs approaching 85.

We will see mainly clear skies for this evening and tonight and it will be comfortable with lows around 60 throughout metro Richmond with many outlying sections dropping back into the middle 50s.

Wednesday will feature sunny skies and it will be very pleasant with highs around 80.

A few thin clouds will be moving into the region on Thursday making it mostly sunny and it will be a little bit warmer with highs in the middle to upper 80s.

Friday will be a spectacular day with plenty of sunshine and highs around 80 to 85.  It is also the opening day of the State Fair of Virginia and that weather looks fantastic even if you’re heading out there in the evening hours.

Saturday and Sunday will feature partly sunny skies and it will be a little bit warmer with highs in the middle 80s both days.

Mostly sunny skies will be with us on Monday with highs in the lower 80s.

It is time to take a look at the tropics this morning and will start with Tropical Storm Jerry which has winds of 60 mph and is currently moving to the north at 8 mph. We expect a turn to the northeast today and then a turn to the east during the daytime tomorrow taking it out over these central Atlantic and away from mainland United States.

The second tropical system we are watching is Tropical Storm Karen which has winds of 40 mph and is moving north at 7 mph.  It will cross Puerto Rico today as a minimal tropical storm and then move its way northward into the Atlantic ocean during the next several days. We do expect some strengthening toward the end of the week and beginning of the weekend and our weather models indicate a turn to the west by the weekend where it starts to put its sights on the southeastern coastline of the United States. There are lots of questions as to the track after the weekend so please stay in tune with the latest forecast when it comes to Karen.

The third tropical storm we are watching is Tropical Storm Lorenzo which has winds of 50 mph and is moving to the West at 16 mph.  We expect that Lorenzo will strengthen into a hurricane in the next 24 hours. It will then turn to the northwest as we head into the end of the week but continue to strengthen and possibly become a major hurricane by Friday. However, the good news is it stays out into the central Atlantic and is no threat to land.

There is one other area that we are watching in the tropics this morning and that is a cluster of clouds off of the Yucatan peninsula which has about a 20 to 30% chance of developing as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico over the next 5 days. The potential track of the storm would take it into the country of Mexico by the end of the week and weekend.

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