A tale of 2 Septembers continues. The first 10 days were 6 degrees below average… and today, we’ll take a shot at record heat.
Sunshine and blue skies will be the story on Sunday. Our low level flow is still out of the north thanks to Jose, but that hasn’t stopped the heat from building under a massive ridge of high pressure. Our humidity levels are rising as well, with dew points expected in the mid 60s. With afternoon highs pushing toward 90°, the heat index across the region likely pushes to or just above the 90° mark.
This heat will carry into the work week as well, as we also watch Hurricane Maria. The huge ridge of high pressure is trying its best to push Maria into North Carolina, but the weakness in the ridge left by the remnants of Jose are trying to keep Maria just offshore.
You can see that the projected path from the National Hurricane Center keeps Maria about 100 to 150 miles offshore. Some of the latest guidance pulls Maria close enough to the coast, which could bring tropical storm force winds, and hurricane force wind gusts to the coastal communities. This will likely cause Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings to be issued for the coast of North Carolina in the coming days.
But by Thursday, we’ll see a frontal system push through the eastern US, and that will push Maria out to sea for good toward the end of the work week.
Locally… it’s hot! Stay cool, and have a great Sunday!