Weather! Hot and humid…in April?

It’s beginning to look a lot like…summer? Hot and humid are here, and the thunderstorms aren’t far behind.

Before we get started, I wanted to pass along a brief note from upper management:

Due to a tragic calendar mix-up, April has now been replaced with August. August will also remain as August. We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause.

It’s 79 degrees with a dewpoint of 65 as of 11 am, which doesn’t bode well for those hoping for any semblance of spring-like weather today. For what it’s worth, the average high for April 25 is 72 degrees, which we had passed by 9am. Not unlike the thermometer, the pollen counts are way up, too. For anyone seeking a repreive from either the pollen or the humidity, I’m sorry.

On the other hand, if you’re impervious to both humidity and pollen: first, I want some of your stem cells; second, perhaps these things will help scare others inside, allowing you to score some sweet outdoor dining for Restaurant Week.

Monday’s high is headed towards 90 degrees. 90 degrees! Yesterday’s high of 88 beat April 4th’s 87 as the warmest day so far this year. If we top 88 today, that will be another maximum for the year so far. A nice southwest breeze will provide a little relief from an otherwise oppressive spring day. Lows tonight don’t provide much relief, dropping into the low 60s.

Squirrelcast (vs. Trenton, 6:35pm): Partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 80s at game time. Continued southerly and southwesterly winds will provide a little relief at The Diamond. Temperatures will drop into the mid 70s by game’s end.

We do it all over again on Tuesday, though with slightly cooler daytime highs. An area of high pressure slowly shifting offshore will pull in some additional moisture from the Atlantic, adding some extra cloud cover and increasing chances for some afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs will top out in the mid 80s, before dropping into the mid 60s again overnight.

Squirrelcast (vs. Trenton, 6:35pm): Another great night for baseball, with temperatures at first pitch near 80, dropping to the mid 70s by the ninth inning. Southerly winds will keep things feeling slightly cooler, and don’t rule out the chance for a stray shower or thunderstorm to add in a rain delay.

Our pattern of hot and humid continues through midweek, as do our chances for thunderstorms; the Storm Prediction Center has already placed us under a slight risk for severe weather on Wednesday. I’ll have a complete update then.

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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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