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RICHMOND, Va. -- Not only has May 2016 been a wet month, it has been a cool month as well.  Most of the high temperatures thus far have been below normal, and in some cases, more than ten degrees below normal.  This is about to change in a big way.

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Warm air will surge across the country and arrive here for the middle and end of the week.  This will produce highs in the 85° to 90° range for most areas Wednesday through Friday.  The pattern looks like we may stay at or above 80° through the end of the month.

The normal high for late May is in the lower 80s, so these temperatures will be near or just a little above normal.

The warmest high so far this year has been 87°, which occurred on April 19 and April 26.  For a temperature higher than that, you have to go back to early last September.

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We will string together at least three days of 80° or warmer.  This will be the first time that has happened this year.  Our longest stretch has only been two days, from April 18-19 and April 25-26.

The last time Richmond had six consecutive 80°+ days was last September.  For a period longer than that, we had a 33 day stretch from August 11 to September 12 last year.Blog2