The week ahead: warm this weekend, then colder again

It’s a repeat of last weekend – we’re going to make another run at 70 degrees both Saturday and Sunday. The warm weather is short-lived, unfortunately; we’ll be back to December-like temperatures by the middle of next week.

The forecast for the week ahead is a bit of a blah one. Now, that’s not to say that the days ahead will actually give you a “blah” feeling, but that’s the vibe I’ve gotten from some of the guidance. I’m not sure why, but it’s apparently one of those weeks.

The morning surface analysis paints part of the picture. Clockwise circulation around high pressure hanging out off the New England coast is pulling some cooler, humid air off the ocean and into Virginia. It kept conditions very moderate across virtually all of the state yesterday; it’s rare to see temperatures within 1-2 degrees from Bristol and Wise east to Fredericksburg, Richmond, and Norfolk.

As the high continues to move off to the northeast today, it’s grip on our temperatures will begin to decrease, allowing them to climb back into the mid 50s today. By the weekend, we’ll be making another run at 70 degrees. Hard to complain about that!

Clouds will be in the picture through most of the weekend, but I don’t think they’re going to ruin much of anything this weekend. It’s going to be a pretty great opportunity to get out and enjoy yet another December weekend outdoors.

That big drop in temperatures next week comes as another cold front passes through late Monday and Tuesday. It’s unclear exactly how much rain we might see with this next front, but I’d bet on at least a couple showers between Monday night and noon Tuesday.

Behind the front, we’ll finally get rid of most of the clouds; unfortunately it also means the warm weather goes with it, and the second half of next week becomes much more December-like.

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Dan Goff is now a two-time former Richmonder, having departed the River City yet again in favor of southwest Virginia, where he is working on degrees in geography and meteorology at Virginia Tech. Have a question about the weather or weather-related phenomena?

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