Newsplex - Blogs - Weather

Spring Scorcher

We may still be in the month of May, but it's definitely starting to feel more like the heart of summer!

With the summer solstice still about three weeks away, the heat has really been cranking for a few days - and there's not much relief in sight.

A big ridge of high pressure is firmly in control of our weather from the surface all the way into the upper levels. This ridge is a big area of sinking air and as the air sinks, it compresses and warms. This leads to the hot temperatures and the lack of cloud cover. Our outlook for Tuesday calls for more temperatures in the mid 90s. Officially we are predicting a high of 96º, which would tie a record that was set 20 years before, in 1991. Regardless of whether or not we tie that record, the heat index (or the "feels like" temperature) will be in the 100 - 105º range with the humidity factored in.

A cold front will approach on Wednesday and this will at least give a few afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Despite the increased clouds and rain chances, the mercury will still soar into the 90s. Behind the front, don't expect much of a cooling trend. Our highs will continue to run 10 - 15º above average, in the upper 80s and lower 90s, all the way into the weekend.

How do you stay cool when the mercury starts to soar? Any creative ideas? Ice cream does the trick for this meteorologist.

Stay cool...

Brantley

Read More Blogs

The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
     
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
     
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.

 

powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability