NORFOLK, Va. — It was a hot afternoon to kick off the start of the long holiday weekend, with high temperatures in the lower 90s. We could see a stray shower or two this evening and tonight, but rain chances will remain low until Sunday when scattered thunderstorms return to the forecast. The medium-range models are split on the chances for rain, but this year's 4th of July may also feature isolated to scattered showers and storms. Don't change your plans, but stay tuned for forecast refinements as we get closer to the holiday.
Beyond Monday, it will be a typical July week in Hampton Roads, with highs near 90° and the chance at some pop-up afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
IN THE TROPICS
The National Hurricane Center is now monitoring 3 areas in the Atlantic basin.
An area of low pressure near the Lesser Antilles has a 10% chance of development over the next 5 days as it moves into the eastern Caribbean.
A second area of low pressure developed off the Georgia coast, and also has only a 10% chance of development over the next 5 days as it slowly drifts northeastward. This system, along with a cold front, will bring us an increasing chance of showers and storms into the second half of the weekend.
The third area, which had been "Potential Tropical Cyclone Two" has formed into Tropical Storm Bonnie and is threatening Nicaragua and Costa Rica with landfall overnight. The storm will then enter the Pacific Ocean where it will likely strengthen into a hurricane off the coast of Mexico.
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