Near-record lows Tuesday morning in central Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – This morning was almost a record cold one for May 14 in Richmond and many other parts of central Virginia. Numerous locations were within a degree to a few degrees of record lows for today’s date, including Richmond.

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Richmond’s preliminary low temperature this morning at Richmond International Airport was 41 degrees. The standing record low is 40 degrees from 1941.

But Danville is one location that did set a new record low for today’s date at 36 degrees.

Regional records include:
Roanoke: 35 degrees (breaks old record of 37 degrees from 1996)
Danville: 36 degrees (breaks old record of 38 degrees from 2007)
Blacksburg: 31 degrees (ties the old record from 1996)

Even though this is unseasonably cold for this time of the year, it’s not unprecedented. Richmond, for example, has been as cold as 40 degrees into early June.

The East Coast trough responsible for the past couple of days of chilly weather is moving away from us. It will be replaced by much warmer-than-average temperatures, with afternoon temperatures running ten degrees above average for highs in mid-May.

Meteorologist Carrie Rose
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