While Tropical Storm Harvey continues to bring catastrophic, life-threatening flooding to Texas in the days ahead, we may have a named tropical low pressure system moving up the eastern seaboard from now through the middle of the week.
WASHINGTON — While Tropical Storm Harvey continues to bring catastrophic, life-threatening flooding to Texas in the days ahead, we may have a named tropical low pressure system moving up the eastern seaboard from now through the middle of the week.
The name would be Irma. The storm is forming off the coasts of northern Florida and the Carolinas along an old stalled-out frontal boundary in a climatologically favored area for this to occur. Most models develop the storm and send it close enough to us that the D.C. area will get some light to moderate rainfall from it, but mostly east of the mountains.
Easterly winds set up between the low and the high pressure system over New England that has been providing us with comfortable weather for days will keep clouds around and temperatures down, remaining well below average until the middle of the week. Along with this increased rain chance will be an increase in the humidity, with dew points climbing out of the 50s into the 60s starting Monday, making it feel a bit more uncomfortable. However, tropical storm conditions would be confined to coastal areas, especially Hampton Roads and the Outer Banks.
The rain will end Wednesday morning at the latest, followed by partial clearing of the skies courtesy of a switch to a more westerly wind direction. That will also result in some higher temperatures, back up to more seasonable levels for the first time in a while, and making those higher dew points much more noticeable. So the middle of the week will be a bit more like August. Then a cold front will slide through on Thursday followed by a return to much less humid air and cooler than average temperatures.
There is a lot of disagreement in the longer range computer models about what to do with the ultimate remnants of Harvey, whether dissipating it over Arkansas or taking it into the Tennessee Valley. Either way, rain from the storm will not affect us this week.
Just a few clouds to start, cool and comfortable, also
Clouding over from south to north during the day
Temperatures still below average
Breeze picks up toward evening
Cloudy, damp and cool
Coolest day of the week, not getting much milder than morning lows
Rain and drizzle, especially east of the mountains
Rain may be moderate from central Virginia through southern Maryland, and some thunder will be possible
Breezy and gusty
Any lingering rain ending in the morning
Breezy and turning warmer with gradually clearing skies
Warm and sticky during the afternoon
Warm and muggy
Chance of a few showers or thunderstorms later in the day
Back to autumn-like conditions
Breezy with much lower humidity
Sun goes in and out of fair weather clouds
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