RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - An extended period of hot weather is becoming more likely for this weekend into the start of next week as high temperatures push near 90°.
The reason for our forecast hot weather is a big ridge of high pressure expected to develop over the Southeastern United States and then move off the East Coast.
This is called a “Bermuda High” because the center of the high pressure is located near Bermuda, putting the eastern U.S. under a southwesterly wind flow, which brings hot temperatures to the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.
Even though is will coll down a little Tuesday and Wednesday, temperatures will still be well above normal, and the above average temperatures are likely to continue into NEXT weekend and perhaps even longer as the area of high pressure responsible for this heat will barely move.
The Climate Prediction Center has the southeastern U.S. in an area of above average temperatures for at least the next 6 to 10 days. There are signs the hotter than average weather will continue for the rest of May.
The extended period of heat will probably also bring below average frequency of rainfall, so soils could quickly become quite dry.
It’s a good idea to begin practicing water conservation, and you can find some water conservation tips at this link.
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